Zheng-tong: Year 13, Month 8, Day 9
6 Sep 1448
The Fu-jun Guard soldier Zhao Wang and others returned from the the Western Ocean and presented red sandalwood, "jiao-zhang" leaf fans, "shi-chi-le" (Alt: "shi-la-le") leaf paper and other goods. Previously, Wang and the others accompanied the Eunuch Director Hong Bao into the Western Ocean. Their ship was damaged (敗) and they drifted to the country of Bu (卜國). There, they followed the customs of the country and became monks. Later, they came to know that they were very close to Ba-bai/Da-dian in Yun-nan. When the got the opportunity, they slipped away and returned. Originally, when they first weighed anchor on the way to the Western Ocean, there were 300 persons on the ship. When they reached the country of Bu there were only 100. At this time, 18 years later, only three persons including Wang returned. The Emperor conferred upon them clothing and paper money and sent them as monks to the Bao-en Temple in Nan-jing.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 29, page 3260/61