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.
tho’ he could Fly a Thouſand Mile in a Day;
yet he would not Arrive thither under 180
Days, or Half a Year.
And how were it Poſſible for any to Tarry
ſo long without Dyet or Sleep?
1. For Diet. I Suppoſe there could be no
Prop. 3.Truſting to that Fancy of Philo the Few (men-
tioned before) who thinks, that the Muſick of
the Sphears ſhould Supply the ſtrength of Food.
Nor can we well Conceive, how a Man
ſhould be Able to Carry ſo much Luggage
with him, as might ſerve for his Viaticum in ſo
Tedious a Journey.
2. But if he could: yet he muſt have ſome
time to Reſt and Sleep in.
And I believe he
ſhall Scarce find any Lodgings by the Way.
No Inns to Entertain Paſſengers, nor any Ca-
ſtles in the Air (unleſs they be Inchanted ones)
to Receive Poor Pilgrims or Errant Knights.

And ſo Conſequently, he cannot have any
Poſſible hopes of Reaching thither.
Notwithſtanding all which Doubts, I ſhall
lay down this Poſition.
That Suppoſing a Man could Fly, or by any
other means, raiſe himſelf Twenty Miles up-
wards, or thereabouts, it were Poſſible for him
to come unto the Moon.
As for thoſe Arguments of the firſt kind, that
ſeem to overthrow the Truth of this, they
Proceed upon a wrong Ground.
Whilſt they
Suppoſe, that a Condenſed Body, in any place
of the Air, would always Retain in it a ſtrong
Inclination of Tending Down-wards, towards
the Centre of this Earth.
Whereas ’tis more
probable, that if it were but ſomewhat above

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