Yong-le: Year 8, Month 1, Day 28
3 Mar 1410
The Ying-guo Duke Zhang Fu, regional commander of Jiao-zhi and the Qing-yuan Marquis Wang You, regional vice commander, memorialized as follows: "We have received the Imperial orders of recall, respectfully obeyed and are on the road. However, the bandit chief Chen Ji-kuo and the bandit leaders Ruan Shuai, Hu Ju and Deng Jing-yi are still in Yan-zhou and Yi-an and are pressing on Qing-hua. The forces led by Deng Rong have blocked Shen-tou and Fu-chen river-ports and have occupied the main routes in Qing-hua. They are also waging raids from ports in places such as Da-an. If all the originally deployed troops return, we are afraid that the troops of the Qian-guo Duke Mu Sheng will be insufficient to withstand the enemy, and the successes we have achieved in eliminating the bandits may be reversed. Now, we wish to leave in Jiao-zhi the Commissioner-in-chief Wang Hao and the Commissioners Yu Rang, Hua Ying and Shi You, together with the government troops of the Yun-nan, Fu-jian, Guang-dong and Jiang-xi Regional Military Commissions, the Si-chuan and Fu-jian Branch Military Commissions, and the Escort Guards from Jing-zhou, Nan-chang, Wu-chang and Guang-xi, and some other troops who are serving in Jiao-zhi to realize achievements. These forces should be placed under Sheng's command. We will lead the heroic soldiers, brave as tigers, who have constituted the leading forces, following forces and attending forces, and will return with the troops from the Zhi-li, Hu-guang, Gui-zhou, Si-chuan and Zhe-jiang Military Commissions. Also, as Sheng alone will be in command of the military forces, it is requested that the Yun-yang Earl Chen Xu be appointed as his deputy, to assist in planning military matters." The Emperor examined the memorial and sent Imperial orders to Fu and the others, approving all that had been proposed.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 12, page 1308/09