Zheng-tong: Year 6, Month 12, Day 29
9 Feb 1442
The Minister of Rites Hu Ying and others memorialized: "Su-lu-tan Tu-lan-sha, the king of the country of Hormuz, has advised that he resides on the far distant border and that, in former reigns, he had often received the Court's envoys and sent envoys to the Court, so that the upper and the lower could know the other's situation. Then for a long time envoys were not sent. Recently, as Ha-zhi A-li of the city of Sa-bu-ji had returned, they had come to know that the Emperor of the Great Ming was ruling all living things under Heaven. He was exceedingly pleased and sent Ha-zhi A-li to come to the Court and offer tribute of horses. He humbly hoped that the Court would show great kindness and would, like before, send envoys in order to keep the avenues open (以通道路). The sentiments of the border peoples cannot be easily trusted. It is requested that variegated silks be conferred upon him as consolation for the horses given as tribute and in reward for his desire to move towards culture. Also, Imperial orders should be sent instructing him to look after his affairs and respect the law, so that the frontiers see prosperity." This was approved.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 26, page 1755/56