Zheng-tong: Year 3, Month 6, Day 23
14 Jul 1438
The Qian-guo Duke Mu Sheng, regional commander of Yun-nan, and others memorialized: "The subprefectural magistrate chieftain Dao Zhen-han and the native official Zao Heng who were established independently by Si Ren-fa, the Lu-chuan Pacification Superintendent, have assisted the latter in killing and violence and personally led man bandits in coming to invade Jin-chi. Their forces are becoming increasingly powerful. We have already sent the acting assistant commissioner Li You to deploy the government cavalry and infantry troops from Da-li and other guards to guard Jin-chi. Permission is requested to deploy government troops in eliminating these persons." The Emperor instructed Kuang Ye, vice minister of the left in the Auxiliary Ministry of War, saying: "I know that feuding and killing between the man and the yi is normal. However, now they have attacked and pillaged cities and surrounding areas and they have engaged in evil without repentance. You are to assemble the officials and select two military officers from the capital's military establishment who are honest, capable and skilled in warfare and advise of their names." The assembled officials selected Fang Zheng, a commissioner- in-chief of the right and Zhang Rong, an acting assistant commissioner-in-chief. The Emperor ordered Zheng and Rong to proceed to where Sheng was stationed and assist the Grand Defender and Commissioner-in-Chief of the Right Mu Ang lead troops forward in a punitive attack.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 24, page 844