The message had immediate repercussions

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The message had immediate repercussions. Many in Parliament accused Cromwell of  secretly fomenting rebellion among the soldiers, and wanted to see the Army disbanded  entirely. On May twenty-five, Parliament issued an order to Cromwell and his officers to  gradually disband the Army, but they refused to obey. Parliament was alarmed and  voted to grant the troops their full back payment for the services they had rendered. The  action came too late, however, as the Army, under Cromwell and the other officers,  gathered at Newmarket in June and decided to occupy London. On June fourteen the Army Council issued a declaration calling for a purge of  Parliament, especially of the conservative Presbyterians who seemed too attached to  the old system of monarchy. The declaration also proclaimed that the troops were not  mercenaries at Parliament's disposal, but citizens of England wearing military uniforms. 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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