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Zheng-tong: Year 3, Month 6, Day 19

10 Jul 1438

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The posts of 199 native-office interpreters and local commanders in Yun-nan were abolished. Previously, the national university student Duan Xian had memorialized: "Yun-nan is on the very distant border and man and yi live there mixed together. The various offices have established local commander and interpreter posts and the numbers were previously fixed. In recent years, many of these persons have, with military and civilian servants, laborers and roguish followers, made all sorts of demands and through overbearing actions, oppressed the people and brought calamities to many. It is requested that the number of such officers to be retained should be decided and that the remainder of the posts be abolished." Subsequently, the regional inspecting censor Zhang Jian also advised of this. The matter was passed to the three offices of Yun-nan to investigate. At this time, they all said that certain offices should be abolished and advised of the names. The Emperor ordered that those which had been established in excess of the previously fixed number were to be abolished.

Ying-zong: juan 43.7a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 24, page 0841/42

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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-3-month-6-day-19, accessed December 06, 2019