Yong-le: Year 4, Month Intercalary 7, Day 12
25 Aug 1406
The Xi-ping Marquis Mu Sheng, deputy general of the left for the force being sent on expedition to punish Annam, memorialized requesting permission to order the various regions of Yun-nan to transport 220,000 shi of grain to Lin-an and Meng-zi, and to store it at those places awaiting use; and to have Yun-nan well-salt transported to Meng-zi, where the kai-zhong system would be implemented. He also requested permission to have the Yun-nan Regional Military Commission mobilize a further 10,000 government troops and to send the Military Commissioners Wan Zhong and Pa-du (Alt: Ba-du) to lead them and encamp them at a place to the North of Meng-zi, from where they could transport the stored grain and from where they could be sent as reinforcements. This was approved. The following Imperial orders were then issued to Sheng: "As to those officials who previously committed offences and who are now accompanying the expeditionary army to realize achievements, if their offence was serious, designate them as officials serving to realize achievements and put them on half salaries. If their offence was minor, restore them to their original rank and put them on full salary. If they do not realize achievements while on the expedition, their original charges will stand."
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 11, page 838