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Why did people want the king back in 1646?

Case study 2: Viewpoints 1645-46 - Source 3


Extracts from a letter written by Parliament to Charles I, 13 January 1646

(Catalogue ref. SP 16/513/10)

Concerning the personall Treaty desired by your Majestie: there having been so much innocent blood of your good Subjects shedd in this Warr by Your Majesties Commands, & Commissions: ... Whereby ...
the three Kingdoms are brought neere to utter ruine & destruction; Wee conceive that until satisfaction & security be first given to both your Kingdoms; Your Majesties coming hither cannot be convenient nor by Us assented unto. Neither can Wee apprehend it a meanes conducing to Peace, that Your Majestie should come to your Parliament foe a few days, with any thoughts of leaving it; especially with Intentions of retayning to hostility against it. …

That which your Majestie against the freedom of the Parliaments inforces in both your Letters, with many earnest expressions, as if in no other way then that propounded by your Majestie, the Peace of your Kingdoms could be established; Your Majestie may please to remember that in our last letter Wee did declare, That Propositions from both Kingdoms were speedily to be sent you Your Majestie, Which Wee conceive to be the only way for the attaining a happy & well grounded Peace; and Your Majesties Assent unto these Propositions will be an effectual means for giving satisfaction & security to Your Kingdoms; Will ensure a firme Union between the two Kingdoms, as much desired by each for other, as for Themselves: And settle Religion & secure the Peace of the Kingdom of Scotland: …