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Zheng-tong: Year 12, Month 2, Day 21

7 Mar 1447

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Imperial orders of instruction were sent to Han Gai-fa, the pacification superintendent of the Mu-bang Military and Civilian Pacification Superintendency in Yun-nan. The orders read: "Previously, because the Lu-chuan bandit Si Ren-fa rebelled, I ordered the generals to proceed on expedition to eliminate him. You raised yi troops and assisted the Imperial army and Si Ren-fa fled to Ava-Burma. You then contributed your land and obtained the bandit's head, which you sent to the capital. I was extremely pleased and sent orders of praise and instruction, as well as rich rewards. I also sent an official with orders of instruction to offer sacrifices for your mother in order to make known her worthiness. Now you have sent an envoy bringing gold and silver utensils to express your gratitude. Your loyalty and respect are now even more obvious, and I am especially conferring variegated silks on you and your wife. You memorialized requesting exemption from the annual levy of eight ding of silver. I am especially exempting you for three years, but after that it shall be levied as before. You also memorialized requesting Lu-chuan's land. The Court had earlier established the Long-chuan Pacification Commission and appointed officials to govern this area. These arrangements are already fixed. However, considering your achievements, I have ordered the regional commander and other officials to examine the area of Meng-zhi and, if there are no obstructions, to allocate it to you to govern and make use of (lit.- to eat ). You further memorialized requesting the areas of Meng-sa, Meng-ying and Meng-meng. However, these places have already sent people to the capital expressing gratitude for Imperial grace. They have memorialized that the above-mentioned places belonged to their forefathers and that they had lived off them (lit. "eaten off them") for generations (世食之地). I have also ordered the regional commander and other officials to investigate and report and to act fairly in making arrangements, so that all are at peace and none violate the arrangements. You must not allow desire for small gains to result in wrangling. Respect and implement my orders and do not be remiss in this." Imperial orders were also sent to: Han Guo-fa, the son of Han Gai-fa and administrator of the area of Meng-ding Prefecture; Feng Jing-fa and Dao Feng-song, native-official magistrates of Da-hou Prefecture; Dao Pai-le, son of Dao Pai-han, the deceased native official of the Meng-lian Chief's Office; Tao-meng Nang Ye, the chieftain of the area of Meng-leng; Dao Meng-guang, the native-official magistrate and Dao Kong-nue, the assistant magistrate, of Zhen-kang Subprefecture; as well as Jing Long-fa, the native-official magistrate and Dao Bian-yin, the assistant magistrate, of Wan Dian Subprefecture, conferring on these officials and their wives variegated silks and other goods. It was ordered that the envoys they had sent take these back with them.

Ying-zong: juan 150.7a-8a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 29, page 2947/49

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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-12-month-2-day-21, accessed November 20, 2019