Book/Printed Material Zhao Wenhua zou shu : 1 juan. 趙文華奏疏 : 一卷. / Zhao Wenhua ping wo zou shu

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Title
Zhao Wenhua zou shu : 1 juan.
Other Title
趙文華奏疏 : 一卷.
Zhao Wenhua ping wo zou shu
Summary
Collection of official reports to the Emperor concerning suppression of Japanese invaders written by Zhao Wenhua in the Jiajing period (1522-1566 A.D.). The twenty-eight reports address sea-worship, assignment of officials, inspection of facilities, and supervision of the war. The third report, "Huichao", indicates a publication date of 1556 or 1557.
This work is a collection of 28 memorials by Zhao Wenhua (died 1557), a high official in the late Ming period, later disgraced. According to his biography in Ming shi (Ming history), Zhao received his jin shi degree in 1529. While working at the Office of Transmission, he submitted a proposal for a satellite city to the capital. Soon afterwards he was promoted to the Bureau of Public Works. When pirates caused disturbances in southeast China, Zhao submitted seven memorials (project reports, proposals, or admonitions), each containing a plan for dealing with the pirate menace. The first called for conducting a ritual sacrifice to the sea gods. Other memorials proposed relief for the people of the four prefectures in the region and suggested various military measures for dealing with the pirates. The last memorial asked for permission to return to the court. Zhao reached his highest position as minister of the Bureau of Public Works and regent of the prince. During the battles against the pirates, he took credit for military successes. After returning to the capital, he lived extravagantly, arousing the displeasure of the emperor, who eventually relieved Zhao of his post and sent his son to a remote border garrison. Zhao also was found to have embezzled vast amounts of public money. He died as a common man. In this book, his official titles of minister of the Bureau of Public Works and grand guardian of the heir apparent are used, which suggests that it probably was printed in 1556-57, before his disgrace. World Digital Library.
Contributor Names
Zhao, Wenhua.
Chinese Rare Book Collection (Library of Congress).
Created / Published
[China : s.n., Ming Jiajing jian, i.e. 1556 or 1557]
Notes
-  In case.
-  Title from label on spine of case.
-  Also available in digital form.
-  九行十八字. Nine lines, with eighteen characters per line.
-  明趙文華撰。按明史三百零八文華本傳云:「文華慈谿人,嘉靖八年進士。累官至通政使,以建議築京師外城,加工部左侍郎。東南倭擊棘,文華獻七事,首以祭海神為言,即遣文華祭告,因察賊情」。是書凡禮成疏一篇。即言祭告海神直,蠲免疏一篇,言蘇松嘉湖地方蠲免賑濟事,察視疏六篇,督討疏二篇,督察疏十五篇,回朝疏三篇,皆言倭事,皆用敕諭中語以命篇名。明史又稱:「文華知賊未易平,欲委責去,會川兵破賊周浦,俞大猷破賊海洋,文華遂言水陸成功,江南清晏,請還朝,帝〓許之」,則指回朝疏也。持是書與明史對讀,可補證明史之處甚多。回朝第三疏題:「鬥子太保工部尚書」,則當為再出督師時所上,回朝未一年而敗,然敗則此本付梓,應在嘉靖三十五六年間矣.
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2012402115
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