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 Earth may be a Planet.
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            nicus’s obſervations, and did intend to write
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            a Commentary upon his other Works, but
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            that he was taken out of this Life before he
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            could finiſh thoſe reſolutions. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto theſe
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            alſo I might add the names of Gilbert, Keplar,
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            Gallilæus, with ſundry others, who have much
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            beautified and confirmed this Hypotheſis, with
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            their new inventions. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nay, I may ſafely af-
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            firm, that amongſt the variety of thoſe Opi-
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            nions that are in Aſtronomy, there are more (of
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            thoſe which have skill in it) that are of this
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            Opinion, not only than any other, but
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            than all the reſt put together. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that now
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            it is a greater Argument of Singularity to
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            oppoſe it.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0193-01" xlink:href="note-0193-01a" xml:space="preserve">4 Conſid.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0193-02" xlink:href="note-0193-02a" xml:space="preserve">De doctà
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            ignor. lib. 2
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            cap. 12.</note>
            <note symbol="*" position="right" xlink:label="note-0193-03" xlink:href="note-0193-03a" xml:space="preserve"> Pref. ad
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            Narr at.
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            Rhetics.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0194-01" xlink:href="note-0194-01a" xml:space="preserve">Ibid.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis probable, that many other of the
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            Antients would have aſſented unto this Opi-
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            nion, if they had been acquainted with thoſe
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            experiments which later times have found
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            out for the confirmation of it: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And there-
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            fore
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            Rheticus and
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            Keplar do ſo often wiſh
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            that Ariſtotle were now alive again. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Queſti-
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            onleſs he was ſo rational and ingenious a
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            Man (not half ſo obſtinate as many of his
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            followers) that upon ſuch probabilities as
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            theſe, he would quickly have renounced his
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            ownPrinciples, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">have come over to this ſide:
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For in one place, having propoſed ſome
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            queſtions about the Heavens, which were
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            not eaſie to be reſolved: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">He ſets down this
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            rule, that in difficulties, a Man may take a
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            liberty to ſpeak that which ſeems moſt like-
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            ly to him: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And in ſuch caſes, an aptneſs to
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            gueſs at ſome reſolution, for the ſatisfying</s>
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