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Yong-le: Year 9, Month 6, Day

Jun/Jul 1411

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In this month, Xie Jin, an assistant administration commissioner of the right in the Jiao-zhi Provincial Administration Commission, was, subsequent to the verification of his offences, imprisoned. Jin had earlier been Chancellor of the Han-lin Academy and concurrently Grand Secretary of the Right Secretariat of the Heir Apparent. He was greatly favoured. Having been unfair in his handling of palace examination papers, he was sent to Guang-xi as assistant administration commissioner of the right. Later, some said that Jin had leaked secret deliberations which took place when the appointment of the Heir Apparent was being discussed. He was thus transferred to the provincial administration commission in Jiao-zhi and ordered to supervise the salary rations in Hua Subprefecture. At that time, the Han-lin Academy Examining Editor Wang Cheng, having committed an offence and been banished, had accompanied the regional commander to Jiao-zhi. He told Jin of the beauty of Guang-dong. The two men in Hua Subprefecture then hastened off to Guang-dong together and amused themselves in the hills and along the rivers, forgetting to return. Jin wrote to the Emperor, saying: "It is requested that several ten thousand men be used to open out the Gan River, to facilitate communication." The Emperor said: "As a minister, he was assigned a task, but he neglected it and avoided it. Now he wants to give trouble of this scale to the people." Thus, Jin was jailed together with Cheng. After several years they died of illness and hunger......

Tai-zong: juan 116.5a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 12, page 1483/84

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Geoff Wade, translator, Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu: an open access resource, Singapore: Asia Research Institute and the Singapore E-Press, National University of Singapore, http://epress.nus.edu.sg/msl/reign/yong-le/year-9-month-6-day, accessed October 23, 2019