Yong-le: Year 5, Month 5, Day 29
4 Jul 1407
A memorial advising victory in the pacification of Annam arrived from the Xin-cheng Marquis Zhang Fu, regional commander of the force sent on expedition to punish Annam. The assembled ministers offered congratulations, saying: "The Li bandits, both father and son, disobeyed Heaven and violated orders. Now they have both been captured. This is due to the unison of the Emperor's virtuous power and Heaven, together with the assistance of the spirits and of men." The Emperor replied: "This was really achieved by the spirits of Heaven and of Earth and of my ancestors, together with the generals and troops who carried out the orders. What part did I play? The assembled ministers respectfully requested the establishment of the three offices (provincial administration commission, provincial surveillance commission and regional military commission) and the setting up of prefectures and counties. The Emperor commanded that a proclamation be issued to implement this.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 11, page 942