Despite their early successes in 1643, Parliament's armies suffered a number of heavy losses in the second half of the year. Cromwell himself experienced some minor losses, and he grew rather anxious with the overall situation. He blamed the poor outlook of the war on his own commanders, who he thought were fighting too indifferently to be victorious, and grew angry at Parliament, which he believed was not doing enough to support its troops. By November 1643, the money for supplying Parliamentary troops was drying up and the situation became so desperate that Cromwell, along with his new senior commander, Lord Manchester, went to London to demand more support.While in London, Cromwell proved himself more adept than he had ever been at political maneuvering. In January 1644 Parliament appointed him Lieutenant- General of the Easter Association, making him second-in-command to Manchester. The following
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