Wēn Huī, appellation Mànjī, was a Tàiyuán Qí man. His father Shù was Administrator of Zhuō-jùn, and died. Huī was aged fifteen, and went with the coffin back to their hometown. The household had some wealth, but Huī said: “Soon there will be chaos. Can wealth protect us?” In one morning he spent all his wealth by distributing it to his clansmen. The local people all praised him, comparing him to Xún Yuè.
He was nominated as Filial and Incorrupt and became Chief of Lǐnqiū, Magistrate of Yānlíng and Guǎngchuān, Chancellor of Péngchéng and Lǔ, and wherever he was he met with praise. He entered the Court as Registrar to the Chancellor, and was sent out as Inspector of Yángzhōu. Tàizǔ said: “Though I deeply wish to employ you nearby, that is not as important as the affairs of this province. Previously the Shū[jīng] said: ‘A trusted aide is great. Managing affairs is prosperous.’ Is that not why Jiǎng Jì will be your Internal Aide?” At the time Jì had been Administrator of Dānyáng, and so Jì was sent to return to that province.
[Tàizǔ] also said to Zhāng Liáo, Yuè Jìn, and others: “The Inspector of Yángzhōu’s authority includes military affairs. In all actions you must consult together with him.”
Jiàn’ān twenty-fourth year , Sūn Quán attacked Héféi. At the time all the provincial forces were garrisoned in one place. Huī said to the Inspector of Yǎnzhōu Péi Qián: “Though there are rebels here at this front, there is nothing to worry about. But I fear [the General] Attacking the South [Cáo Rén] will soon suffer a sudden change. Presently, the river waters are high and [Cáo] Zǐxiào’s army is alone and far away in their defense. Guān Yǔ is brave and perceptive, and will take advantage [of the flood] to advance. There will certainly be disaster.” Soon enough there was trouble at Fánchéng.
An Imperial Order summoned Qián and Inspector of Yùzhōu Lǚ Gòng and others. Qián was slow to respond. Huī secretly said to him: “This is certainly because of emergency in Xiāngyáng that you have been summoned. The reason why it is not an emergency summon is so as to not alarm distant armies. In one or two days there will be a secret letter to order you to urgently depart, and Zhāng Liáo and the others will also soon be summoned. Liáo and the others understand the King’s meaning. If you do not arrive before they receive their summons, you will be in trouble!” After Qián heard these words, he left behind his heavy supplies and went quickly with light troops. He indeed received secret summons. Liáo and the others were summoned, all as Huī had predicted.
When Wén-dì ascended , Huī was appointed as Palace Attendant, then sent out as Administrator of Wèi-jùn. After several years he was transferred to Inspector of Liángzhōu with a Staff of Authority and as Colonel Protecting the Qiāng. On the way he fell ill and died. At the time he was aged forty-five.
An Imperial Order said: “Huī was a stone pillar of support, served the Former Emperor, with merits that were always renowned. When he was in Our service, he was loyal to the Royal Household, and so he was entrusted with appointment to serve far away, to handle all affairs in that direction. That this should not be is something that I deeply regret!”
Huī’s son Shēng was bestowed with title as Marquis with the Passes. Shēng died young, and the succession ended.
After Huī died, Mèng Jiàn of Rǔnán was appointed Inspector of Liángzhōu, had reputation in government, and his office reached General Attacking the East. (1)
- (1) Wèilüè states: Jiàn appellation Gōngwēi. When young he traveled and studied with Zhūgě Liàng. Later when Liàng set off on campaign from Qí mountain, he replied to a letter from Sīmǎ Xuān-wáng by sending Dù Zǐxù to announce his intentions to Gōngwēi.