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Why did people go to war in 1642?

Case study 1: 1637-39 - Source 5


Letter from a gentleman called Edward Norgate with Charles’s army against Scotland, 4 May 1639

(Catalogue ref: SP 16/420/45)

The King hath bene pleased to send a most gracious proclamation to the Covenantists contayning an abolition of all with free pardon even to the greatest delinquent, so they come in within 8 dayes with other particulars needless to repeat to you that know it better than I. If these be found but one ounce of honestie alleagance or religion in these shavers then I doubt not but wee may hope one day to looke homewards againe, and to recover lost felicitie … If you theire people remaine obstinate, it will be Patientia laesa and our buff jerkins will imbrue For never was so good a Sovereign cast away upon so ill subjects, …