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.
is in ſome part of the World ſuch a place
where Men might be plentifully nouriſh’d by
the Air they breath;
which cannot more pro-
perly be aſſign’d to any one particular, than to
the Æthereal Air above this.
I know ’tis the common Opinion, that no
Element can prove Aliment, becauſe ’tis not
Arriſt. de
Senſ. cap. 5.
proportionate to the Bodies of living Crea-
tures which are compounded.
But,
1. This Æthereal Air is not an Element’; and
tho’ it be purer, yet ’tis perhaps of a greater
agreabieneſs to man’s Nature and Conſtitution.
2. If we conſult experience and the credible
Relations of others, we ſhall find it probable
enough that many things receive Nouriſhment
from meer Elements.

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