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Zheng-tong: Year 6, Month Intercalary 11, Day 26

8 Jan 1442

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The Investigating Censor Zheng Yong, regional inspector of Fu-jian, memorialized: "The interpreter Shen Zhi-liang and the envoy A-pu-si-gu from the country of Ryukyu, were sailing with a ship loaded with porcelain and other goods to the country of Java where they were to purchase pepper, sapan-wood and other goods. When they came to Dong-ying Shan, they encountered a storm and their mast broke. They then entered port to repair the ship and falsely claimed that they were bringing tribute. The people and the ships have now been detained and the previously-mentioned goods and the weapons for defending the ship have been sent to the central store in Fu-zhou Prefecture, while orders are awaited." The Emperor said: "People from far away should be comforted. We should commisserate even more with them when they have met dangers and lost their way. Return all their goods to them, allow them materials to repair their ship and on the day the repairs are complete send them on their journey back to their own country."

Ying-zong: juan 86.8a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 26, page 1729/30

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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-intercalary-11-day-26, accessed November 17, 2019