Signature: Signed, datable to 1506–10, no artist's seal.
The first part of the text is the draft of a poem by Wen Zhengming:
To the west and south, 10,000 leagues lies
Where you are presented the magistracy-
its honored carriage.
On this frontier, conduct of affairs
needs only faith and righteousness.
For it is a liberal ease that readily
tames barbarian affections.
If the Right is preserved, why regret
leaving the capital?
And if you cases prove simple, it will be
good for reading books of old.
Should you run into any old-times while
passing through Xunan,
Do say the old magistrate is still the same.
Having composed this poem of farewell to Gu Mahu at your command, I am sending along with Wu Ding a few words, just cullings I have put together aboard ship. I beg you to make corrections right on the manuscript folio.
Day after day I have caused you great inconvenience and enjoyed your hospitality. With embarrassment to spare I herewith offer my humble thanks.
Presented by your insignificant son-in-law, with head bowed.
[Trans. Marc F. Wilson/ Kuan S. Wong
Inscription: Colophons: Unidentifed
Marking: Collector's seals:
Bo Chengliang (dates unknown)
John M. Crawford, Jr.
Unidentified, two seals