Yong-le: Year 13, Month 9, Day 26
28 Oct 1415
A banquet was conferred upon the envoys from the various fan countries of Samudera, Calicut, Cochin and Ma-lin. The Emperor instructed the officials of the Auxiliary Ministry of Rites, saying: "The ancient kings treated the people from afar with kindness. They gave bountifully and expected little in return. Now the envoys from the various fan lands abroad are about to return home. You should send officials ahead to Fu-jian to prepare a banquet for the envoys prior to their departure. The officials should be instructed not to be sparing in arranging the banquet."
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 13, page 1877