In this work, entitled "Postscript to a Collection of Poems Written on Lin Ke-chong's Appointment as an Envoy to Siam", Ma noted: "In the Ten-yin year of the Cheng-hua reign (1482/83), an envoy sent by Siam came to submit a request for enfeoffment.
However, an MSL reference dated five years later (1487) suggests something more behind the dispute: "Recently, there were differences between the language of the gold-leaf memorial by which enfeoffment was requested and the tally-slips and despatch note provided.
Consolidating their authority through litigation, incorporation, and enfeoffment
, local town fathers built halls as "the seat and symbol of the autonomous community"(89).
First, and most importantly, there was the growing practice of enfeoffment
to use, which enabled a testator to evade the common-law rule prohibiting bequests of freehold land by will.
Duke Zhuang refuses this enfeoffment
, but overrides an advisor's admonition to give Duan an alternate city because "Lady Jiang [his mother] desires it" [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
Zhu Yuanzhang, who became the first Ming emperor, and Xu Da were close friends, and although much of Xu's life was spent elsewhere, his enfeoffment
established his family in Nanjing.