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Why did people want the king back in 1646?

Case study 1: Effects of war 1642-45 - Source 4


Petition of Mary Baker to stop a County Committee in Kent taking her husband’s money, July 1643

(Catalogue ref: SP 19/90)

The humble petition of Mary Baker
Wife of Sir John Baker Barronett

That in Aprill last the Committee in Kent did sequester the estate of your petitioners husband in Kent where his mansion house (about 40 miles from London) and all his Land lyes to the value of about 2000 pounds …

the petitioners husband being much indisposed in his health, his whole estate sequestered, and so altogether disabled to pay a xxth parte, yet nevertheless, a warrant was issued out against the petitioners husband to make payment of the remainder; whereas in truth your petitioners husband is much indebted, and hath at this time not meanes left to maintain himselfe, and his wife and children. …