Mí Fāng 麋芳 [Zǐfāng 子方]
Mí Zhú appellation Zǐzhòng was a Dōnghǎi Qú man. His ancestors for generations traded goods, had servant and guests of ten thousand men, with wealth and property in the hundreds of millions. (1) Later Xú Province Governor Táo Qiān recruited him as Aide-de-Camp Attending Official. [Táo] Qiān died, Zhú followed [Táo] Qiān’s legacy order, and welcomed Xiānzhǔ [Liú Bèi] at Xiǎopèi. Jiàn’ān Inaugural Year , Lǚ Bù took advantage of Xiānzhǔ going out to resist Yuán Shù, attacked Xiàpī, capturing Xiānzhǔ’s wife and children. Xiānzhǔ moved his army to Guǎnglíng Hǎixī, and Zhú therefore advanced his younger sister to Xiānzhǔ as a consort, slaves and guests of two thousand, gold and silver and cash to help the army’s resources; at the time they were destitute and exhausted, and relying on this they were again roused.
Later Excellency Cáo memorialized Zhú with office as Yíng Prefecture Administrator, (2) Zhú’s younger brother Fāng as Péngchéng Chancellor, but both refused office, and followed Xiānzhǔ in his travels. Xiānzhǔ was about to take refuge in Jīng Province, sent Zhú ahead to with Liú Biǎo meet and inquire, and appointed Zhú as General of the Left’s Attending Official Internal Cadet. When Yì Province was pacified, he was appointed General Securing Hàn, ranked to the General Master of the Army’s right [immediate superior].
Zhú was graceful and kindhearted, but capability and experience was not his strength. Therefore he was treated with the rites of a superior guest, but was not given control. However the bestowments on him were of exceptional favor, with none that could compare with him.
- (1) Zōushénjì states: Zhú once from Luò[yáng] returned, had not yet reached home by several tens of lǐ, by the road saw a woman, who followed Zhú asking for a ride. They went several lǐ, the woman thanked and left, saying: “I am Heaven’s Messenger, about to go burn Dōnghǎi’s Mí Zhú’s house. I thank you for the ride, and therefore tell you.” Zhú therefore privately asked [to be spared], the woman said: “It cannot but be burned. However, you can hurriedly go, I will slowly travel, at midday the fire will begin.” Zhú therefore returned home, hurriedly removed his property, and at midday a fire greatly began.
- (2) Cáo Gōng Jí records his Excellency’s memorial: “Tàishān prefecture’s borders are wide and far, and of old had many reckless and violent [bandits], considering the times it is appropriate to divide five counties as Yíng prefecture, and select one pure and incorruptible to guard and command it. Supporting General Mí Zhú by nature and conduct is loyal and dependable, civil and military abilities manifest and ardent; I request to have Zhú take office as Yíng Prefecture Administrator, to console the officials and people.”
[Mí] Fāng became Nán Prefecture Administrator, with Guān Yǔ worked together, but privately he had ulterior thoughts, rebelled and welcomed Sūn Quán, and [Guān] Yǔ therefore was overturned and destroyed. Zhú bound himself to ask for punishment, Xiānzhǔ consoled and ordered that the crime of brothers would not reach each other, and well treated him as before. Zhú was ashamed and upset and fell ill, and a little after a year he died. His son Wēi’s office reached Tiger Elite Internal Cadet General. Wēi’s son Zhào was Tiger Cavalry Supervisor. From Zhú to Zhào, all were good with bow and horse, excelling in shooting and riding.