Had not the Second London Confession of Particular Baptists, 1677, made clear that God was the author of salvation and would bring regeneration to "all other elect persons," even those "who are uncapable
of being outwardly called by the Ministry of the Word"?
The mind, he continues, then becomes "possessed with Melancholy, black, discontented thoughts, uncapable
to receive truth, becomes forward, peevish, careless of virtuous Action, desperately bent to follow for diverstisement, a voluptuous sensual life, or to contrive Innovations, Heresies, Schisms, and factious Rebellions, and what not.
They were appointed to their posts by colonial authorities and the most uncapable
in their tasks would cause many disturbances in social indigenous life in colonial times.
Women are not such silly, giddy creatures, as many proud ignorant men would make them; as if they were uncapable
of all improvement by Learning, and unable to digest Arts, that require any solidity of Judgment" (Makin 29).
His observations that 'Queen Elizabeth never saw her self after she became old in a true Glass', that her courtiers gave her false dice so that she would always win, and that 'she had a Membrana on her which made her uncapable
of man, though for her delight she tried many', usher in a number of sneering remarks about 'great ones' (Herford and Simpson, 1:141-2, ll.