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Zheng-tong: Year 7, Month 7, Day 6

11 Aug 1442

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Imperial orders were sent to the Yun-nan regional commander, the three offices and the censor in Yun-nan. The orders read: "Yun-nan is 10,000 li in the distance and the population comprises mixed man and yi. You should spread virtuous power (德) and majesty (威) among them in order to accord with my wish to soothe through kindness. In recent years, you have let matters drift and have been careless. Not only have you been docile and not regulated people's hearts, but you have tolerated situations where inferior men have harmed the people and even wantonly engaged in plunder and participated in evil. Military defences were not kept up and discipline was discarded. This led to where Lu-chuan opposed orders. Officers and troops were killed and wounded in the fighting and the border areas were stirred up. These words pain the heart. Who caused this to happen? I have already sent troops to expel the bandit. Your crimes are all pardoned and will not be investigated. You must cleanse your hearts, change your ways and coordinate in your ideas and planning. In this way, the yi will be trusting and submit and the border areas will see peace."

Ying-zong: juan 94.2b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 26, page 1892

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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-7-month-7-day-6, accessed August 13, 2020