Zheng-tong: Year 6, Month 2, Day 3
23 Feb 1441
It was ordered that Gu Neng, the son of Gu Yong, the deceased assistant regional commissioner of Gui-zhou, be appointed as a vice guard commander. Yong was the son of the Zhen-yuan Marquis Gu Cheng. Initially, as a family member, he was appointed as a circulating-official vice guard commander. Subsequently, he was promoted to assistant regional commissioner, and he had led troops in the expedition against Lu-chuan and taken over 10 heads. However, when he attacked Dao Zhao-han's stockade, he was killed in the battle with the bandits. At this time, Neng requested permission to inherit his father's post. The Auxiliary Ministry of War said that as Yong was originally a circulating official, the regulations did not allow inheritance. The Emperor said: "Yong realized military achievements and died in the service of the Emperor. If we do not allow his son to inherit a post, how are we to demonstrate encouragement? He is to be allowed to inherit the post."
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 25, page 1483