Zheng-tong: Year 5, Month 1, Day 5
7 Feb 1440
The Minister of Works Huang Fu, Grand Adjutant of Nan-jing and Junior Guardian, died. Fu (zi Ru-xi) had his origins in Chang-yi, Shan-dong... At the beginning of the Yong-le reign (1403/24)...Jiao-zhi rebelled and the generals were ordered to proceed to punish it. Fu handled military supplies and was skilled in arranging and regulating matters. The region was divided into subprefectures and counties and it was ordered that he remain Minister while taking charge of the Jiao-zhi Provincial Administration Commission and Provincial Surveillance Commission. He was strict yet benevolent in these posts and the distant people were brought to submission. When the Hong-xi reign began (1425), he was called back to the capital and appointed as concurrent Supervisor of the Household of the Heir Apparent. Later, the officials who were administering Jiao-zhi made mistakes in their governance, leading to another rebellion. Again the generals were despatched to punish the rebels. The defence officials requested that Fu again be sent. When Fu arrived, the generals had lost control and the Jiao people captured Fu. They all dismounted and knelt before Fu, saying: "If you had not gone back North, how would we have come to this!" Then with tears flowing, they escorted Fu to the border....
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 24, page 1196/97