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Zheng-tong: Year 8, Month 2, Day 10

11 Mar 1443

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Imperial orders were sent to the Jing-yuan Earl Wang Ji, Minister of War and supreme commander of Yun-nan military affairs. The orders read: "Your memorial has been received, noting that the Ava-Burma Pacification Superintendent Bu-la-lang and so on reported that they had captured the bandit leader Si Ren-fa and that you had already sent people to instruct them to send him to the capital, so that their efforts could be rewarded. I have given it my attention and read the Mian letter. It speaks urgently of the region of Lu-chuan. In arranging the rewards for meritorious service, the state has patterns. If they have been able to capture Si Ren-fa and deliver him to the capital, grace will be conferred upon them. The Court will indeed not be miserly. You are to deliberate on and memorialize plans for the land and people near this areas. If they conceal the bandit leader and firmly refuse to deliver him over, you should deliberate on the best course, together with the regional commander Mu Ang. Either devise plans to pursue and capture him, or consider how to attack and take him. This bandit must be captured, so as to rid the border areas of calamity forever. You must be careful in assessing arrangements and making comprehensive plans, so that success can be achieved."

Ying-zong: juan 101.5a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 26, page 2039/40

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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-8-month-2-day-10, accessed January 21, 2021