Zheng-tong: Year 1, Month 3, Day 10
27 Mar 1436
The Lu-chuan/Ping-mian Military and Civilian Pacification Superintendency was exempted from paying the arrears in silver due in lieu of labour. This office was annually require to pay 500 liang of silver in lieu of labour. From the first year of the Xuan-de reign (1426/27) to the seventh year of the reign (1432/33), only 1,350 liang of silver were paid. This left an outstanding amount of 2,150 liang. The pacification superintendent Si Ren-fa complained that Mu-bang had attacked and occupied his land, that people were now scarce and that there was no way by which he could pay the outstanding silver. The memorial was sent to the Auxiliary Ministry of Revenue which advised: "He has a gold warrant and verification tally. He should be pressed for payment. The deficiency cannot be cancelled." The Emperor, concerned about the distant peoples, ordered that the request be approved and that a proclamation be drawn up exempting them from the amount outstanding.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 22, page 282