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Zheng-tong: Year 8, Month 5, Day 20

17 Jun 1443

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Song Jie, vice minister in the Court of Imperial Entertainment, was sent as senior envoy and Xue Qian, a supervising secretary in the Office of Scrutiny for War, was sent as deputy envoy, carrying credentials of enfeoffment for [Li] Jun, the son of Li Lin, the deceased king of the country of Annam. The Imperial orders read: "After being enfeoffed, your father was able to faithfully carry on from the previous generations and respectfully carry out his tribute duties. I was very pleased with this. Thus, on hearing of his death, I was deeply grieved. Now, I am especially enfeoffing you as king of the country of Annam, to carry out the ancestral sacrifices and care for the people of the country. You must continue to cultivate virtue, trust in and employ your elders and become closer to the virtuous and the good. Respectfully serve the superior and be benevolent in your sympathy for the people. Do not be dilatory and do not be arrogant. In this way, you will achieve long-lasting peace and will accord with the Court's great love of living things." A proclamation was also issued instructing the people of the country to act together in supporting Jun, so that the land would be protected and they would long enjoy the prosperity which comes from peace.

Ying-zong: juan 104.6b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 27, page 2108

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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-5-day-20, accessed November 20, 2019