Zheng-tong: Year 7, Month 6, Day 16
23 Jul 1442
The Commissioner-in-chief of the Right Mu Ang, regional commander of Yun-nan, memorialized: "The persons sent by Tao-meng Dao Fang-ge of Mang-shi have presented a plaint. They have stated that previously they had feuded with the rebellious bandit Si Ren-fa and, although Si Ren-fa has now fled to a distant place, Si Ji-fa and his younger brothers, three persons in all, have come to occupy Lu-chuan and control the region. They wish to capture and present them to the Court. The Ministry of War advised: "Si Ji-fa and Dao Fang-ge were previously evil cohorts of the bandit leader Si Ren-fa. Now that his power is exhausted, the latter says that he has been feuding with him. He is guileful and it is difficult to place trust in him. Further Imperial orders of instruction should be sent to Si Ji-fa, noting that if he truly wishes to change his ways and move towards culture, then either the father or one of the sons should come to the capital to admit guilt. We should also instruct Dao Fang-ge that if he can leave rebellion behind and demonstrate loyalty, then he should secretly deploy native troops to assist in eliminating Si Ji-fa." The Emperor approved the proposals.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 26, page 1881/82