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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            <s xml:space="preserve">The firſt taken in the preſence of many Phy-
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            ſitians, and related by an Eminent Man in that
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            Profeſſion, Hieron. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Fracaſtorius. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">There being
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            divert Needles provided of ſeveral kinds, like
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            thoſe in a Mariners Chart, they found, that
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            there was an attractive power, not only in the
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            magnet; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but that Iron alſo and Steel, and Sil-
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            ver did each of them draw its own Mettle.
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Whence he concludes, Omne trahit quod ſibi ſi-
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            mili eſt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And as theſe peculiar likeneſſes, have
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            ſuch a mutual efficacy; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo ’tis probable, that
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            this more general qualification of condenſity,
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            may be the cauſe, why things ſo affected deſire
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            Union to the Earth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And tho’ ’tis likely that
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            this would appear betwixt two leſſer conden-
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            ſed Bodies, (as ſuppoſe two pieces of Earth)
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            if they were both placed at Liberty in the
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            Æthereal Air, yet being near the Earth, the
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            ſtronger ſpecies of this great Globe does as it
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            were drownd the leſs.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0156-01" xlink:href="note-0156-01a" xml:space="preserve">Lib de
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            Simpath.
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            & Antip.
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            cap. 7.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0156-02" xlink:href="note-0156-02a" xml:space="preserve">Vid. Bapt.
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            Maſul. ex-
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            er. Acad.
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            de attract.
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            exer. 4.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis a common experiment, that ſuch a lump
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            of Ore or Stone, as being on the ground, can-
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            not be moved by leſs than ſix men, being in
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            the bottom of a deep mine, may be ſtirred by
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            two. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The reaſon is, becauſe then ’tis encom-
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            paſſed with attractive Beams, there being ma-
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            ny above it, as well as below it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Whence we
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            may probably infer (ſaith the Learned Veru-
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            lam) ‘that the Nature of Gravity, does work
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            ‘ but weakly, alſo far from the Earth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">becauſe
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            ‘ the appetite of Union in denſe Bodies, muſt
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            ‘ be more dull in reſpect of diſtance. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As
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            we may alſo conclude from the motion of
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            Birds, which riſe from the ground but heavi-
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            ly, tho’ with much labour; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whereas being on</s>
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