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Zheng-tong: Year 2, Month 11, Day 6

3 Dec 1437

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It was ordered that the Jiao-zhi officials and civilians who had come to allegiance be shown special sympathy. Previously, the native-official subprefectural magistrate Bi Xuan-cheng, the chieftain Ding Xuan and others, leading a total of 500-plus persons from Guang-yuan and other subprefectures and counties in Liang-shan Prefecture, Jiao-zhi, came to allegiance. The Emperor ordered the Guang-xi Provincial Administration Commission to allocate them land to cultivate. However, Guang-xi did not have any spare land and it memorialized, saying: "In Hu-guang, the people are sparse and the land extensive. They should be given land there, where they should be registered and organized into li-jia and, after two years (Alt: three years), they should be subject to government labour." The Emperor felt that distant people coming to allegiance should be shown special sympathy, and held that there was no need to organize them into li-jia and that they should be exempted from government labour and taxes. Also, they were to be provided with two years of food grain. Bi Xuan-cheng and others, a total of five persons, were to be employed by the Ministry of Personnel, but if they were unwilling, were not to be forced into posts. They were also to be given salaries for two years.

Ying-zong: juan 36.2a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 23, page 699

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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-2-month-11-day-6, accessed July 05, 2020