Zheng-tong: Year 12, Month 10, Day 27
4 Dec 1447
The Qian-guo Duke Mu Bin, regional commander of Yun-nan, sent government troops to proceed to Teng-chong to spur on and supervise the yi troops pursuing Si Ji-fa. Si Ji-fa learned of this and sent his followers to offer tribute to the Court. The Emperor sent orders to Bin and the others. The orders read: "Even the sting of a bee contains poison -- this is an insightful metaphor of the ancients. Recently, the bandit has been planning to delay the army. You are to immediately send people to instruct him in what will bring him calamity and what will bring him fortune. He can be exempted the death penalty if he hastens to the Court. If he again delays, strike swiftly and destroy him. Do not allow the possibility of future calamities."
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 29, page 3103/04