Wilkins, John, A discovery of a new world : or a discourse tending to prove, that 'tis probable there may be another Habitable World in the Moon ; with a discourse concerning the Probability of a Passage thither; unto which is added, a discourse concerning a New Planet, tending to prove, that 'tis probable our earth is one of the Planets

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The Epiſtle to the Reader.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To remember that I promiſe only pro-
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            bable Arguments for the Proof of this Opini-
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            on, and therefore you muſt not look that every
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            Conſequence ſhould be of an undeniable De-
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            pendance, or that the Truth of each Argu-
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            ment ſhould be Meaſured by its Neceſſity. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I
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            grant, that ſome Aſtronomical Appearances
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            may poſſibly be ſolved otherwiſe than here
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            they are. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But the thing I aim at is this,
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            that probably they may be ſo Solved, as I
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            have here ſet them down: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Which, if it be
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            granted ( as I think it muſt) then I doubt
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            not, but the indifferent Reader will find
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            ſome Satisfaction in the main thing that is
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            to be Proved.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Many Ancient Philoſophers of the better
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            Note, have formerly defended this Aſſertion,
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            which I have here laid down; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and it were
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            to be wiſhed, that ſome of us would more ap-
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            ply our Endeavors unto the Examination of
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            theſe Old Opinions, which though they have
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            for a long time lain neglected by others, yet
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            in them may you find many Truths well wor-
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            thy your Pains and Obſervation. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis a
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            falſe Conceit for us to think, that amongſt the
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            Ancient Variety and ſearch of Opinions, the beſt
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            hath ſtill prevailed. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Time (ſaith the Lear-
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            ned Verulam) ſeems to be of the Nature of
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            a River or Stream, which carrieth down to
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            us that which is Light or blown up, but ſink-</s>
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