Hello everyone, I'm a editor. Speaking of Hang Shijun, you must have heard about it.
Although he was very poor when he was young, diligence can make up for his shortcomings. In two years, he passed the examination, but failed many times. He was once employed as the same examiner of Fujian provincial examination. Generally speaking, most of the examiners in the rural examination are officials from Jinshi background, and his great influence can be seen from his ability to serve as a general person. In the first year, he was recommended by Cheng Yuanzhang, governor of Zhejiang Province. But he was too straight and outspoken.
At that time, when the world was in a severe drought, Emperor Qianlong specially opened "machuke in Yangcheng" to test the officials of the Imperial Academy, and wanted to select talents to help him manage the country. Hang Shijun wrote a large article when answering the paper. He proposed to the emperor that the court should not draw a line based on the Manchu and Han nationalities, but should eliminate the "Manchu and Han views". He said: Although there are many talents in Manchuria, they are only three to four in ten compared with the Han people. The governor of the world is often full and half Han. Why doesn't the governor have any Han people? And so on. Although what he said was very sincere, what he wanted to hear was not such outspoken words. Seeing hang Shijun's comments, the emperor was furious. He was going to order him to be executed. He was the minister at that time, who cherished his talent and desperately kowtowed to help and pleaded for help, which saved his life. The emperor spared his death and dismissed him from office. Later, someone helped him to talk, but the emperor said that this kind of crazy man was only suitable for collecting and selling scrap metal. So hang Shijun went back to Hangzhou and set up a stall in the busy city to collect and sell scrap iron. For a while, people came to watch.
It is recorded that when Qianlong visited Hangzhou in the south, Hangzhou Shijun also came to welcome him. When the emperor asked him what he lived on, he replied, "I depend on the old stalls." The emperor was puzzled. He explained that he was selling the scrap iron on the ground. After hearing this, the emperor laughed and wrote six words of "buying and selling scrap iron" to reward him.
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