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0606 Notes on Marco Polo : vol.1
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590   195. ÇAITON

cf. YS, 131, 3-4; see ' Mongatai '), So-tu (see ' Sogatu ') and P'u Shou-kêng (cf. KUWABARA, P'u Shou-kêng, in Mem. of the Research Department of the Toyo Bunko, II [1928], 1-79, and vux [1935], 1-104) should be in charge of the affairs of the ' moving Grand Secretariat ' at Fu-chou and govern the regions (chün) along the sea[-coast]. » A promotion in the «moving Grand Secretariat» was given to So-tu and to P'u Shou-kêng on September 18, 1278 (YS, 10, 4 b), but the text does not say where (cf. WANG Hui-tSU2, 2, 6 a).

  1. (YS, 10, 3 a) : [In the 15 th chip yuan year,] ... the sixth month ... , on [the day] chia-hsü (July 13, 1278), an Imperial edict [prescribed] the reduction in the excessive [number of] officials south of the [Yang-tzû-]chiang. South of the [Yang-tzû-]chiang, the Yüan had

established the four [moving] shêng of Huai-tung, Hu-nan,   Lung-hsing and Fu-chien.
Lung-hsing was [suppressed and] merged in Fu-chien ... » Lung-hsing is the modern Nan-ch'ang

in Chiang-hsi, the   01 Hung-chou of the T'ang, which had been promoted to Lung-hsing-fu
by the Sung and became the seat of a « moving Grand Secretariat » in 1275. In 1278, the seat of the « moving Grand Secretariat » was transferred to Kan-chou (= Kan-chou-fu, also in Chianghsi), but came back to Lung-hsing in 1279. In 1280, it was suppressed and merged into Fu-chien, but was re-established in 1282. In 1284, the name was changed to fiet #11 Lung-hsing. This is the «moving Grand Secretariat of Chiang-hsi and other places » of the geographical section of YS, 62, 9 b. Wassàf mentions the Sing of ;1 Lunkin-fû (so written in the ms. quoted in Bl, II, 490; altered in HAMMER'S text, Ha 2, 43; cf. above), and the name is written ; /,J Lû-kin-fû in Ragidu-'d-Din (BI, II, 491), probably a misreading for ;51 Lûnkin-fû. YULE (In, III, 126, 130) had thought of Ssû-ch'uan or of Kuang-hsi, and BLOCHET felt sure that Ssû-ch'uan was meant. But it is evident that Lûnkin-fû is Lung-hsing-fu, the modern Nan-ch'ang; BLOCHET is mistaken (BI, II, 493) when he tries to identify with Lung-hsing-fu another of the provinces mentioned by Ragid. Lûnkin-fû must of course not be confused with the X11 'Agin which is mentioned in the 10 th cent. as the country whose people had recently invaded Champa and which was said to be at four days' distance from IUànfû (= Canton) by boat and twenty days by land (Fe, 30, 123); ',Elgin should most probably be corrected to ,i Lûfin and identified with At fig Lung -pien, the modern Hanoi.

  1. (YS, 10, 3 b) : « [In the 15 th chih-yuan year,] ... the seventh month, ... on [the day] ping-shên (August 4, 1278), the yu-ch'êng T'a-ch'u (cf. YS, 133, 1 a-b), [the tso-ch'êng] Shihk'uei and the ts'an-chih-chêng-shih Chia Chii-chêng were put in charge of the affairs of the moving Grand Secretariat ' at Kan (= Kan-chou-fu in Chiang-hsi). The [administrations of] Fu-chien, Chiang-hsi, and Kuang-tung were all under their dependence. » Cf. WANG Hui-tsu, II, 5.

  2. (YS, 10, 6 b) : « In the 16 th chip yuan year, ... the second month, ... on [the day] chia-shên (March 20, 1279), ... order was given to the four [moving] Secretariats of Yang-chou, Hu-nan, Kan-chou and Ch'üan-chou to build 600 war vessels. » As WANG Hui-tsu remarks (WANG Hui-tsu, II, 7 a), « Kan-chou » must here be an error for Lung-hsing, because the seat of the «moving Grand Secretariat » had been ordered back from Kan-chou to Lung-hsing on February 18, 1279 (YS, 10, 6a).

  3. (YS, 11, 1 a) : «In the 17th chih-yiian year, the first month, ... on [the day] chia-tzû (February 23, 1280), orders were given to the ' moving Secretariat ' of Ch'üan-chou to lead troops