Cai Daoxian 1615-1643

From Jinjiang, present-day Quanzhou in Fujian province. Cai gained the jinshi degree in 1636, at a time when factional struggles took place at court and rebels were raiding the country. He served as a judge in Changsha until at twenty-eight he fell victim to rebel Zhang Xianzhong's (d. 1647) army. Cai's poetry is collected in Cai Zhonglie gong yiji [Posthumous Collection of Cai Daoxian].