Zheng-tong: Year 8, Month 7, Day 19
14 Aug 1443
The Jing-yuan Earl Wang Ji, Minister of War, and supreme commander of Yun-nan military affairs, memorialized; "The rebellious bandit Si Ji-fa has returned from Meng-yang to Lu-chuan and has sent a letter to Jin-chi advising his desire to offer tribute. Now I am concerned that, as the bandit is evil and guileful, he may again raise his stockades and gather his dogs and pigs and again attack and disturb neighbouring territories. I have already sent a person with a letter instructing him as to what will bring benefit and what will bring harm. If he accords, I will settle him in his old territory. If he does not, we will certainly seek him out and destroy him." The Emperor sent orders leaving all arrangements to Ji. Ji further memorialized that the Assistant Commissioner Wan Cheng had, by his actions, brought about defeat. The Emperor ordered that Cheng be pardoned death, but that he be required to serve as a soldier in order to realize achievements, and that he serve as a vanguard in leading the troops and killing bandits.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 27, page 2156/57