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Zheng-de: Year 10, Month 4, Day 19

2 May 1515

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The Ministry of Rites re-submitted a memorial from the Guang-dong Regional Inspecting Censor Gao Gong-shao. The memorial read: "Under the old regulations, when the various fan of Ling-nan came to offer tribute, officials took half the additional trade goods they brought as tax and paid for the remainder at value. Those who did not come to offer tribute were not permitted to trade and those who had communication with illegal traders were punished with death. Later, through middle-men, the grand defenders profited from such persons and relaxed the prohibitions a little. Soon after, powerful local personages became increasingly avaricious and the ships were allowed to anchor. This has led to the various yi colluding with evil persons and engaging in outrage and plunder. This has brought calamities to the region. The Assistant Administration Commissioner Chen Bo-xian previously memorialized that this should be stopped. However, those persons who were supposed to carry out the orders have let things continue as before and the activities have not been stopped. It is requested that the prohibitions again be publicized so as to prevent future calamity." This was approved.

Wu-zong: juan 123.4b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 67, page 2470

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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/zheng-de/year-10-month-4-day-19, accessed December 06, 2019