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Zheng-tong: Year 3, Month 6, Day 28

19 Jul 1438

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Imperial orders of instruction were sent to Han Men-fa, the Mu-bang Pacification Superintendent. The orders read: "Recently, the Lu-chuan Pacification Superintendent Si Ren-fa has acted in wild and stupid ways and has taken it upon himself to lead troops and cavalry in attacking and plundering Meng-yang and other areas. The Court is going to punish his crimes. Now, I am sending a person to confer Imperial orders as well as a gold warrant and tally upon you, and to instruct you that if our Imperial army comes to your territory, you should immediately lead troops to join the expedition against Si Ren-fa. You will either attack him from the rear, attack him from the left or right or attack his lair. In this way, the bandit will be captured. On his capture, I will richly reward you, your prosperity will be long-lasting and your achievements will be recorded in the histories. How could you thereby not be considered great! I am thus sending you these orders of instruction. You should manifest my hopes."

Ying-zong: juan 43.10b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 24, page 848

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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-28, accessed July 17, 2020