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Why did people want the king back in 1646?

Case study 1: Effects of war 1642-45 - Source 5

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Warrant from the Lord Mayor of London to seize all horses in London, 12 August 1643

(Catalogue ref: SP 16/497/143)

[Extra explanations are in square brackets.]

By an order of Parliament dated the 25th day of July (the copy of which is attached), you are to take the horses of any persons within the city of London and in the rest of the parishes mentioned in the weekly Bills of Mortality. Have one thousand of those most fit for light horse [duty in the army] checked over by the people supplying the army and (according to the letter of the Earl of Manchester, dated the 10th day of August, a copy of which is also attached) deliver them to Sir William Waller, knight, to be distributed as he orders.

[Bills of Mortality were published every week to give information about deaths in London. The parishes mentioned in the Bills of Mortality included all the areas of London.]