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Zheng-tong: Year 13, Month 2, Day 9

13 Mar 1448

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Imperial orders of instruction were sent to the rebellious bandit Si Ji-fa. The orders read: "Previously, your father Si Ren-fa was executed and Imperial orders of instruction were sent to you requiring that you come to Court. This was indeed a desire to protect and show sympathy to you. However, you were distrustful and indecisive. Recently, you sent Tao-meng Dao Ku-meng and others to the Court. They memorialized your request that you be appointed to a post. Now, I am sending them back with orders instructing you to change your ways, repent your past misdeeds and come to the Court. I will demonstrate the great kindness of Heaven and Earth, will forgive your crimes and confer upon you a post and give you land. You should closely examine your faults, change calamity to good fortune and protect the lives of living things. I will not go back on my word." In addition, Imperial orders were sent to the major and minor chieftains of the Meng-yang Pacification Superintendency in Yun-nan, encouraging and instructing them to accompany Si Ji-fa in coming to Court, and noting that they would be promoted and rewarded. Later, Si Ji-fa was apprehensive and fearful and did not come. Meng-yang was secretly colluding with him.

Ying-zong: juan 163.3a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 29, page 3159/60

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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-13-month-2-day-9, accessed December 02, 2020