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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            wards, being once ſevered from its proper
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            place. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And this were reaſon enough, why
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            the quality of heavineſs ſhould have an abſo-
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            lute being.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer, This diſtinction is only appliable
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            to ſuch natural Powers as can ſuſpend their
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            Acts; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and will not hold in Elementary Qua-
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            lities, whoſe very Eſſence does neceſſarily re-
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            quire an exerciſe of the ſecond Act, as you
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            may eaſily diſcern by an Induction of all the
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            reſt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I cannot ſay, that Body has in it the qua-
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            lity of Heat, Coldneſs, Drineſs, Moiſture,
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            Hardneſs, Softneſs, &</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">c. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Which for the preſent
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            has not the ſecond Act of theſe qualities. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And
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            if you mean by the eſſence of them, a Power
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            unto them: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">why, there is not any natural bo-
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            dy but has a Power to them all.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">From that which hath been ſaid concerning
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            the Nature of Gravity, it will follow, That if a
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            man were above the Sphere of this Magnetical
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            Virtue, which proceeds from the Earth, he
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            might there ſtand as firmly as in the open Air,
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            as he can now upon the ground: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And not on-
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            ly ſo, but he may alſo move with far greater
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            ſwiftneſs, than any living Creatures here be-
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            low, becauſe then he is without all Gravity,
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            being not attracted any way, and ſo conſequent-
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            ly will not be liable to ſuch impediments, as
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            may in the leaſt manner reſiſt that kind of Mo-
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            tion which he ſhall apply himſelf unto.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">If you yet enquire, how we may conceive
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            it poſſible, that a condenſed Body ſhould not
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            be heavy in ſuch a place.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer, by the ſame reaſon, as a Body is
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            not heavy in its proper place. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Of this I will
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            ſet down two Inſtances.</s>
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