His courtesy name was Yanhe and pen name was Linchuan. He was a local of Wuzhen, and a scholar of Longqing Wuchen in Ming Dynasty.
When he first took office in Xingan County, the local laws were simple, and people were not bothered, and the government affairs always opened to public and easy to implement. Therefore, at that time the society was stable and the people were rich, and the people all loved their officials. He had a proverb: "there might be a lot of careless mistakes but I would never do the wrong things." That could see what kind of person he is. At the very beginning that he had the political achievements, he was promoted to the official of Ritual Department, and soon changed to the Official Department and became a Beijing official. But because of his article Accumulated Deficiency in the Places of Imperial Examinations, he offended the Dajingzhao (an official position in Beijing) and he was soon sent to other provincial places, and served as Deputy Official of Fujian, Consultant Official of Jiangxi and Guangxi. Nevertheless, he still did his job as well as before, and punished corrupt officials without hesitate. He was extremely strict with himself. Later, when he returned home because of illness, the court asked him to continue to be an official and appointed as Shangbaoqing. He did not go. This made the people all round quite moved and deeply admired his moral character. Later, whenever something happened in the countryside, people always asked his opinions first. Li Le also never failed to everyone's trust and did a lot of things for the local people. But he was quite a gentleman never being selfish. Therefore, at that time, Peng Ying participated in writing a plaque of "Real Gentleman" hanging in front of Li Le's hall. Li Le deserved it.
Such a good official always had some good stories to tell among the people. It was said that when Li Le was in Xingan County, Royal Official Xiao Lin passed by and admired Li Le's incorruption. He wanted to meet him, so he wrote an invitation. When Li Le went to visit him, Royal Official Xiao Lin probably came out a little slower. Li Le was surprised and shouted out, "Royal Official Xiao Lin, this is your invitation; now, I come to visit, why so slow?”. Of course, Royal Official Xiao Lin was a little bit angry. He went back and told his friend Zeng Jiantai that who had known about Li Le and appreciated his talent. He comforted him. Later, Royal Official Xiao Lin was relieved.
After Li Le retired, he felt that Shen Donggao's Wuqing Records had already disappeared in the late Song Dynasty. He compiled a volume of Wanli Li Zhi, which is a continuation of the history of the countryside. It was the second town chronicle in the history of Wuzhen. It could be said that the history of Wuzhen before Wanli in Ming Dynasty can be traced back to today all thanks to Li Le's Wanli Li Zhi. During the Republic of China, Lu Xuepu compiled and revised new records, referring to the Li Zhi collected by the descendants of Li Le, which has become the only copy in China.
When Li Le died at the age of 87, the villagers memorized him by the standards of the local gentleman.
His works include Jinchuan Chronicle, Experience Miscellaneous Records, Baoquanyuan Sculpture. In the 29th of Wanli in Ming Dynasty (1601), he revised Wuqing Records, which was divided into five volumes and published in that very year.Keyword: