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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That the Moon may be a World.
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            mentum deſumptum ex paralaxi, non eſt efficax,
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            aut ſi eſt efficax, eorum inſtrumentorum uſum de-
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            cipere, vel ratione aſtri, vel medii, vel diſtantiæ,
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            aut ergo erat in ſuprema parte aeris, aut ſi in cælo,
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            tum forſan factum erat ex reflectione radiorum Sa-
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            turni & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Foves, qui tunc in conjunctione fuerant.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">‘ Either the Argument from the Paralax is
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            ‘ not efficacious, or if it be, yet the uſe of the
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            ‘ Inſtruments might deceive, either in regard
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            ‘ of the Star, or the Medium, or the diſtance,
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            ‘ and ſo this Comet might be in the upper Re-
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            ‘ gions of the Air; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or if it were in the Hea-
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            ‘ vens, there it might be produc’d by the Re-
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            ‘ flection of the Rays from Saturn and Fupiter,
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            ‘ who were then in Conjunction. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">You ſee
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            what ſhifts he is driven to, how he runs up
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            and down to many ſtartling Holes, that he may
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            find ſome ſhelter, and inſtead of the ſtrength
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            of reaſon, he anſwers with a multitude of
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            Words, thinking (as the Proverb is) that he
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            may uſe Hail, when he hath no Thunder. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Ni-
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            hil turpius (ſaith Seneca) dubio & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">incerto, pedem
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            modo referente, modo producente. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">‘What can
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            ‘ there be more unſeemly in one that ſhould
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            ‘ be a fair diſputant, than to be now here, now
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            ‘ there, and ſo uncertain, that one cannot tell
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            ‘ where to find him? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">He thinks there are not Cc-
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            mets in the Heavens, becauſe there may be
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            many other reaſons of ſuch appearances; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but
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            what he knows not; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">perhaps, he ſays, that Ar-
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            gument from the Paralax is not ſufficient, or if
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            it be, then there may be ſome deceit in the
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            Obſervation. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To this I may ſafely ſay, that he
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            may juſtly be accounted a weak Methematician
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            who miſtruſts the ſtrength of this Argument;</s>
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