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A study of Lee Jema as the governor of Jinhae with a focus on his official evaluations and on the Joseon Dynasty official documents of Separate Office Formal Records (各司謄錄), Ruling Management and Instruction Records (統制營啓錄), Employees Documents (外案), the Town Chronicle of Jinhae (鎭海郡邑誌), and A Roster of Local Government Officials (官蹟邑先生案)

진해현감 이제마와 그에 대한 당대의 평가에 관한 연구 - 관측(官側) 사료 『각사등록(各司謄錄)』 「통제영계록(統制營啓錄)」과 『외안(外案)』 및 『진해군읍지(鎭海郡邑誌)』 「관적읍선생안(官蹟邑先生案)」을 중심으로 -

  • Choi, Sung-Woon (Dept. of Korean Medicine, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Ha, Donglim (Dept. of Korean Medicine, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University)
  • 최성운 (경희대학교 대학원 한의학과) ;
  • 하동림 (경희대학교 대학원 한의학과)
  • Received : 2020.05.06
  • Accepted : 2020.05.22
  • Published : 2020.05.31

Abstract

We discovered various sides of Lee Jema's tenure as the governor of Jinhae by looking at recently found historical materials of the central government of Joseon. Lee Jema went to his appointed post in Jinhae in February of 1887 and was replaced before the termination of his office in June of 1888. Since his replacement did not immediately arrive at Jinhae, Lee Jema continued to perform his duties until the first half of 1889. The difference between the date of his resignation and the arrival of his replacement reveals why various historical materials disagree about when he left office. After Lee Jema's official resignation in June of 1888, he was appointed to the honorary posts of Naegeumjang and Cheomji, which indicates the termination of his career as an official. Two superior officials conducted job assessments on Lee Jema three times during his service (once every six months) and these are the rare evaluations which were performed during his lifetime. Lee Jema was highly regarded in terms of job competency by two superiors in succession, which was unique for a local government official in the late Joseon dynasty. One of the job assessments referred to the potential of his performance as an official which usually implied that he was a suitable candidate for higher rank. This might have derived from Lee Jema's study of statecraft. Lee Jema's love for the people as an official was also mentioned in one of the job assessment reports. This is borne out by his quelling the revolt of Hamheung Province in 1896.