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Why did people go to war in 1642?

Case study 1: 1637-39 - Source 7


Report to Archbishop Laud from informers, 31 May 1639

(Catalogue ref: SP 16/422/113)

… James Machison of Burnsham in the County of Bucks gent without any provocation or cause offered unto him did speake words of your Grace following vizt 'I care not for my Lord of Canterbury for hee hath byn the occasion of this strife betweene the Scotts and us and I care not if hee heard mee) which words were concerning to bee spoken in derogation of your Grace thought ourselves bound to testify your Grace thereof, …