Zheng-de: Year 4, Month 3, Day 3
23 Mar 1509
Some ships from the country of Siam had been blown off-course by the wind and had anchored in Guang-dong waters. The grand defender and grand coordinator jointly proposed taxing their cargo to provide for military needs. The Maritime Trade Supervisorate Eunuch Director Xiong Xuan figured that he could intervene in the matter and obtain great benefits, and he thus memorialized a request to the Emperor. The Ministry of Rites memorialized its opposition to the proposals. It was Imperially commanded that as Xuan had improperly grasped at authority, he be instructed to return to Nan-jing to manage matters and that the Eunuch Director Bi Zhen of the Directorate of Palace Eunuchs replace him.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 63, page 1082/83