IMPERIAL RESCRIPT OF HIS MAJESTY, KWANG SO
” The Expositor of the Hanlin Academy, Hwang Shao Ki, has to-day, on behalf of Chang Chih-tung, presented us with his work called the ‘Chuen Hioh P’ien’ We have carefully inspected the volume, and find that it embodies a fair and candid statement of facts. A diligent perusal of its contents will broaden the mental scope and open up methods of far-reaching usefulness.
“We hereby command that the forty volumes which have been sent, be handed to the Grand Council of State, which shall distribute a copy each to the Viceroys, Governors, and Literary Examiners of China in order that they may be extensively published and widely circulated in the Provinces.
” And these High Officials are enjoined to use their sincere endeavors to encourage and exhort the people to hold in reverence the Confucian Religion and suppress all baseless rumors. Respect this.”