explain the varied views Londoners held of the war

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The people of London supported their King. When he rode to Parliament, he was surrounded by a larger group of Londoners than had been out for his coronation. The House of Lords supported his decision to wage war, although those who opposed the measure spoke loudly and clearly, they were alarmed by the notion of hiring foreign troops, and even more affected by the notion of "shedding British blood by British hands." The House of Commons held a far different view and condemned the King for the actions he desired. They were worried about making enemies of America, a place that continuously enlarged the coffers of the British people, and like the House of Lords cited their apprehension and distaste for fighting against their "brethern." Some praised the fortitude and courage of the American army, whereas others wouldn't think of going against the will of the King. Feelings in England were a mixed bag, and the Parliament by no means made a snap decision.