Zheng-tong: Year 3, Month 10, Day 16
3 Nov 1438
The Auxiliary Ministry of Rites memorialized: "The interpreter Chen De-qing and others from the country of Bengal has advised that they have long been travelling far away from their homes and that their bags are empty. They have thus requested that cotton clothing to protect them from the cold of winter be conferred upon them." As the Emperor felt that people from afar should be very well-treated, he ordered the Auxiliary Ministry of Rites to not restrict themselves to the regulations, but to confer on these people cotton clothing and other items for keeping out the cold.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 24, page 916