Zheng-tong: Year 10, Month 3, Day 29
5 May 1445
The envoy Mo-zhe-na and others from the country of Melaka memorialized requesting that an Imperial letter of protection for the country (護國勅書), as well as "mang" dragon robes and a parasol be conferred upon Xi-li Ba-mi-xi-wa-er Diu-ba-sha, the king of the country, so that he could rely on Heaven's majesty and accord with the wishes of the people of the country. They also said that the king of the country wished to personally come to Court and that he wanted to bring many people and a great amount of goods. Thus, they requested that a large ship be conferred upon them to facilitate the journey to and fro. The Emperor ordered that the relevant office manufacture a ship and provide it to them.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 28, page 2547/48