Zheng-tong: Year 8, Month 9, Day 13
5 Oct 1443
The Jing-yuan Earl Wang Ji, Minister of War and supreme commander of Yun-nan military affairs, memorialized: "The interpreter Dong Yi whom I sent has returned from the old Zhe-lan Stockade in Lu-chuan. The bandit's son Si Ji-fa ordered his subordinate Zhao-gang Dao Men-xian to accompany Yi and to come and seek sympathy. He requested that he be allowed to guard his old area and also said that he would send his son Ai-zhun to submit and offer tribute. Yi also said that the bandits were in dire straits and on hearing that the Great Army was to again wage an attack, they fled along the Jin-sha River to Jia-li and Da Gu-la to hide. Thus, we have sent Yi together with Dao Men-xian and so on to again go and earnestly exhort Si Ji-fa to wait until the Great Army arrives at Nan Dian and Teng-chong and then to personally come to see us. We propose advancing the troops after the `frost descends' [solar term equivalent to late Oct/early Nov]. I will first send the Commander Chen Yi and others to hasten to Gong-zhang, to set up camp there and seek out and listen for information." The Emperor sent orders to Ji and the others, saying: "Make arrangements in accordance with the situation. If Ai-zhun comes to confess guilt, you are to send him to the capital."
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 27, page 2189