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Why did Britain become a republic?

Case study 1: Death of Charles I - Source 1

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A request from army leaders at Putney to Parliament, October 1647

(Catalogue ref: SP 9/245)

[Extra explanations are in square brackets.]

In a paper delivered to the Commissioners of Parliament living with the Army, from and in the name of this council [at Putney] (dated the 23rd of September), we did, for the reasons given, ask: That if the back pay due from the city to this army was not paid by the time limit, the Parliament would increase the sum as a penalty and give power to the General (with directions from the Committee of the Army) to take from the residents both the sum formerly due and also the extra penalties. Now, since the back pay is not yet paid, we repeat our humble request to the Parliament.