|Comment||Rem.: This manuscript written in clear kaishu with punctuation in red is actually composed of ten different texts: (1) Ming’an yaolüe (Important points on homicides); (2) Dao’an yaolüe 盜案要略 (Important points on robberies); (3) Taoren yaolüe 逃人要略 (Important points on fugitives); (4) Zonglun 總論 (General discussion); (5) Ming’an lun 命案論 (Discussion of homicide cases); (6) Dao’an lun 盜案論 (Discussion of robbery cases); (7) Zawu 雜務 (Miscellaneous duties) ; (8) Xinban lüli zuanyao 新頒律例纂要 (Essentials on recently promulgated laws, in effect an enumeration of statutes and substatutes, sometimes in abridged form); (9) Chengshen chengqi xinxian 承審承緝新限 (New deadlines for investigations and arrests); (10) Chufen zhailu 處分摘錄 (Selections from the regulations on administrative sanctions). (1)-(5) are in ce 1; (6)-(8) are in ce 2; (9) is in ce 3; (10) is in ce 3-4. (1)-(7) have a continuous page-numbering (43 folios in all); the three others have separate page-numbering. The title of each text is indicated in the central margin. The entire collection—the first three essays, the next four itemized discussions, and the last three lists of regulations—amounts to a fairly comprehensive guide to every concrete aspect of the procedure for the different sorts of cases concerned, all the way from the preliminary investigations to writing the final report, emphasizing in particular (in the essays and discussions) the errors and irregularities to avoid, and providing (in the last three items) a convenient inventory of the relevant laws and regulations. Some of the chufen regulations are dated, always from the Qianlong reign and down to 1773; it may therefore be assumed that the manuscript dates to the late eighteenth century. [photogr. texts 1-7].|
Ed.: *Undated and untitled MS. (partly damaged); title as given on the label of the case and in the Ōki collection catalogue. [Ōki (base Tbka)].