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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            way of producing Meteors, as ſhe doth with
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            us (and not by a Motion, as Plutarch ſuppoſes)
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            becauſe ſhe doth not love to vary from her
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            uſual Operations without ſome extraordinary
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            impediment, but ſtill keeps her beaten path,
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            unleſs ſhe be driven thence.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">One Argument whereby I ſhall manifeſt
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            this Truth, may be taken from thoſe new
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            Stars which have appeared in divers Ages of
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            the World, and by their Paralax, have been
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            diſcern’d to have been above the Moon, ſuch
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            as was that in Gaſſiopeia, that in Sagitarius,
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            with many others betwixt the Planets. </s>
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            chus in his time took ſpecial notice of ſuch as
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            theſe, and therefore fancied out ſuch Conſtel-
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            lations, in which to place the Stars, ſhewing
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            how many there were in every Aſteriſm, that
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            ſo afterwards, Poſterity might know, whe-
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            ther there were any new Star produc’d, or
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            any old one miſſing. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now the nature of theſe
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            Comets may probably manifeſt, that in this
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            other World there are other Meteors alſo;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">for theſe in all likelyhood are nothing elſe, but
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            ſuch Evaporations cauſed by the Sun, from the
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            Bodies of the Planets. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſhall prove this, by
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            ſhewing the Improbabilities and Inconvenien-
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            ces of any other Opinion.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0125-01" xlink:href="note-0125-01a" xml:space="preserve">Plin. nat.
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            hiſt. l. 2. c.
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            26.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">For the better purſuit of this, ’tis in the
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            firſt place requiſite, that I deal with our chief
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            Adverſary, Gæſar la Galla, who doth moſt
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            directly oppoſe that Truth which is here to be
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            prov’d. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">He endeavouring to confirm the In-
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            corruptibility of the Heavens, and being there
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            to ſatisfie the Argument which is taken from
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            theſe Comets, he anſwers it thus: </s>
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