Zheng-tong: Year 14, Month 1, Day 19
11 Feb 1449
The investigating censor Chen Jian, regional inspector of Gui-zhou, memorialized: "The rebellious Lu-chuan bandit Si Ji-fa has fled into the wilds so as to extend his final breath. The Qian-guo Duke Mu Bin, grand defender and regional commander, should alone be charged with his capture or elimination, so that the troops sent by the Court do not suffer unnecessarily." The memorial was sent to the Ministry of War. The Minister Kuang Ye and others discussed what Jian had memorialized and found that, although it was reasonable, the Regional Commander and Commissioner-in-chief Gong Ju and the Jing-yuan Earl Wang Ji had already been ordered to lead the Great Army forward to eliminate Si Ji-fa and it was considered that he was already close to being captured. They felt that if Ju and so on were unsuccessful, Jian's idea should be implemented. The Emperor ordered that Jian be appointed as assistant administration commissioner of the right in the Yun-nan Provincial Administration Commission and proceed to Teng-chong to bring the rebellious bandit to negotiated surrender (招撫).
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 30, page 3350