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Zheng-de: Year 1, Month 2, Day 12

6 Mar 1506

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Lu He, assistant regional commander of the Jin-chi/Teng-chong General Administration Circuit, was extremely avaricious and he extorted large amounts of gold and valuables. He received bribes from Si Lu of Meng-yang in exchange for which he gave him Meng-mu and other villages and yi stockades. He seized as concubines 100 women who had already been betrothed as wives to other men. If clerks or civilians made the smallest mistakes, he had them put to death. He beat two persons to death, killed another with poison, while five other persons took their own lives rather than face his anger. He was subsequently impeached by the defence circuit eunuch Sun Xu. However, Sun Xu was also extorting large amounts of gold and valuables from the yi people. Initially, he had sold Ping-jia Stockade to Mang Le but later, on receiving a bribe from Le's uncle [Mang] Hui, he gave it to him. He also sent persons to the yi areas to trade for precious stones. Subsequently He and Xu made accusations against each other, but He intercepted Xu's memorial. The matter was then referred to the regional inspecting censor for investigation. He proposed that they both be executed, that the Battalion Commander Li Lun, who had been employed by He, be charged with dealing and trading with the yi, that the defending and pacifying native officials Xie Hong and Zhao Yue, who had been employed by Xu be charged with extortion of valuables and that they be sentenced to serve as soldiers until the end of their lives.


The Censorate re-submitted the memorial, proposing that He, Lun, Hong and Yue be punished as proposed, but that Xu just be demoted and be required to serve as a soldier. This was approved by Imperial command and Xu was sent to serve as a soldier.

Wu-zong: juan 10.6a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 61, page 311

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Preferred form of citation for this entry:

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/zheng-de/year-1-month-2-day-12, accessed October 20, 2019