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Zheng-tong: Year 12, Month 2, Day 7

21 Feb 1447

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Ma Zhen, the native-official county aide in Yong-ping County under the Jin-chi Military and Civilian Command in Yun-nan, memorialized: "This county is located on the distant border and is inhabited by various tribes of yi people. They cultivate by slash-and-burn. Previously, the people were disturbed and agitated by officials and military units of the commission who presumed on their authority. This resulted in the people fleeing. Recently, the officials and military units of Yong-ping Battalion nearby have been lending out money to obtain profits and accepted the sons and daughters or field produce of the debtors to pay off debts. Further, the Imperial army makes demands on the people for property. If people should even slightly fail to accord, they are subject to great distress. Thus, the yi people are increasingly impoverished and this is indeed a great calamity. It is requested that this county be placed under the jurisdiction of the provincial administration commission." The Emperor ordered the Censorate to make known a general notice of prohibition relating to the Yun-nan native-official offices and also ordered that the regional inspecting censor and the provincial surveillance commissioner investigate those causing disturbance and harm, and punish them in accordance with the law. The request that the county be placed under the provincial administration commission was not allowed.

Ying-zong: juan 150.3a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 29, page 2939/40

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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-7, accessed January 21, 2021