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Citizen discontent in Bristol

In Somerset on February 10 at 12:54 pm

10 February 1642/3 (Fri) || From Bristoll it was signified that Citizens are not pleased with Colonell [Thomas] Essex, the Governour of the Citie at this time for the two Houses of Parliament, who having killed one of his men for demanding pay, and finding that the Citizens had sent their Coroner to take a view of the dead body and cause an inquest to passe upon him, beat them away, and not onely would not suffer them to do it, but caused a Proclamation to be forthwith made, which hath much displeased them, But there’s another thing which doth more displease them, than the rough carriage of their pretended Governour: which is, that those parts of Wales which but the most part of their commodities in that Citie, and owe great summes of money to the Merchants there, having published and declared, that none of them will be responsible for any debts which they owe in Bristoll, unlesse the City doe returned to the Kings obedience: A matter which concerned them much in case of profit, which many times workes more in some sorts of men, then a case of conscience.  || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)