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Zheng-tong: Year 11, Month 9, Day 15

5 Oct 1446

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The Ministry of War memorialized: "Previously, Han Gai-fa, the pacification superintendent of Mu-bang in Yun-nan, exchanged gold, valuables and land with the Ava-Burma Pacification Superintendent Bu-la-lang Ma-ha Sheng-yi-su-la, for the rebellious bandit Si Ren-fa. He then beheaded him and gave his head to the Imperial army to present to the Court. They have already received grace from the Court and both have had orders of praise and reward conferred upon them. Now, Bu-la-lang Ma-ha Sheng-yi-su-la has again memorialized, requesting the areas of Meng-yang and Jia-li, asking that the Imperial army eliminate Si Ji-fa and his brothers, and stating that he would provide troops to assist in this. We believe that Si Ji-fa has on several occasions sent people to offer tribute and to advise of his repentance. The Yun-nan regional commander and the other officials should be ordered to soothe him and instruct him to quickly proceed to the Court. If he continues to delay things, people should be sent to instruct Bu-la-lang Ma-ha Sheng-yi-su-la to capture Si Ji-fa and bring him to the Court, upon which Ava-Burma should be allowed to have the areas of Meng-yang and Jia-li." The Emperor sent orders of instruction to Bu-la-lang Ma-ha Sheng-yi-su-la. The orders read: "You are permitted to deploy yi troops to occupy Jia-li in the South and have others cross the Jin-sha River in the North. Then Si Ji-fa will be entrapped and it will be possible to capture him without a fight. Such an easy success could not be achieved by others. You will receive rich rewards and achieve great merit. The opportunity must not be lost. You are to make great efforts!"

Ying-zong: juan 145.4b-5a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 28, page 2856/57

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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-tong/year-11-month-9-day-15, accessed March 07, 2021