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Why did people want the king back in 1646?

Case study 2: Viewpoints 1645-46 - Source 5


A letter on economic conditions in Cheshire, 11 July 1646

(Catalogue ref: SP 23/197/39)

a poore and miserable country we live in, and if these Leaguers continue, it is like to be worse, if there be a possibility of beinge worse, for the taxes are so many, and the payments laide uppon us, is more than our land is worth, our stocks all wasted and wee are put into a way of ruine, not easily to be recovered but by great providence and length of time, the lord looke downe in a mercy uppon his poore distressed people. It is a great greife to men to be reduced to so low an eb, that I cannott releive your wantts with your owne for your land and teith for this yeare will not yeald you about 20l your tenants are so opprest it will hardly be gotten from them. And so with a troubled and greived harte, he bids you fare well that will ever bee your lovinge brother

Geo Manley