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Why did people want the king back in 1646?

Case study 2: Viewpoints 1645-46 - Source 5

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A letter on economic conditions in Cheshire, 11 July 1646

(Catalogue ref: SP 23/197/39)

[Extra explanations are in square brackets.]

A poor and miserable country we live in, and if these attacks continue, it is likely to be worse, if there is a possibility of being worse. The taxes are so many, and the payments laid upon us are more than our land is worth. Our stocks are all gone and we are put into a way of ruin, not easily to be recovered except by great care and length of time. The lord look down in mercy upon his poor distressed people. It is a great grief to men to be reduced to so low an ebb. I cannot meet your needs with your own money for your land and tithe for this year will not give you £20. Your tenants are so burdened, the rent will hardly be gotten from them. And so with a troubled and grieved heart, he bids you farewell that will ever be your loving brother,

George Manley

[A tithe was a kind of tax paid to a local landlord or to the church.]