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Zheng-tong: Year 6, Month 2, Day 16

8 Mar 1441

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Imperial orders of instruction were sent to Han Gai-fa, the native-official pacification superintendent of the Mu-bang Pacification Superintendency. The orders read: "From the time of your ancestors, the rulers of Mu-bang have been particularly loyal and sincere and have respectfully carried out their tribute duties. Thus, the Court has treated you with grace, and the treatment has become more munificent over time. Recently, Si Ren-fa, the rebellious bandit of Lu-chuan rebelled and deviated from right. He invaded neighbouring territory and carried off people and livestock. Initially, I could not bear to send troops against him. However, despite sending him repeated Imperial orders of pacification and instruction, he has remained unrepentent. His avaricious heart is not yet satiated and he wants to swallow you all up. This is unacceptable to Heaven and Earth and the spirits and I have already ordered the regional commander to advance the troops to eliminate him. Now, I am especially sending persons with Imperial orders, a verification tally and a gold warrant to go and instruct you. You should prepare men and horses and, when the government forces arrive, you are to coordinate with them. You will either attack his lair directly, attack in a pincer movement from left and right or obstruct his rear, so that the bandit will be in difficulties front and rear and he will not be able to advance or retreat. He will thus indeed be taken. In this way, Heaven will indeed protect you for your loyalty and will provide you with official posts and rewards. Further, your land will long enjoy peace and your fame and achievements will be handed down without end in the histories. You will be listed together with the loyal and virtuous ministers of old. You should respectfully accord with my orders and not be remiss in carrying them out!"

Ying-zong: juan 76.7b-8a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 25, page 1494/95

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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-6-month-2-day-16, accessed November 20, 2019