Simple Cobler of Aggawam

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Nathaniel Ward (c. 1578—1652) clergyman and compiler of a law code for Massachusetts


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Satirical work by Nathaniel Ward, published under the pseudonym Theodore de la Guard (London, 1647), Theodore being the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew Nathaniel, and de la Guard a free French rendering of Ward. Aggawam was the original name of Ipswich, Mass., and the sobriquet “simple cobler” is explained in the subtitle: “Willing to help 'mend his Native Country, lamentably tattered, both in the upper-Leather and sole, with all the honest stitches he can take.” The book is a partisan denunciation of undue tolerance in England and New England of the strife between Parliament and Charles I and of the frivolity of women and foppish fashions of men. In the style of a belated euphuist, Ward grumbles sincerely but wittily concerning all his particular dislikes. His manner recalls the Elizabethan pamphleteers, such as Nashe, Harvey, and Greene.

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