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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            general Opinion, Men do for the
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            moſt part reſt themſelves in the
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            ſuperficial knowledg of things, as
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            they ſeem at their firſt appearan-
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            ces, thinking they can ſay enough
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            to any Paradox, againſt which they
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            can urge the moſt obvious and eaſy
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            Objections; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and therefore ſeldom
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            or never ſearch into the depth of
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            theſe Points, or enter into any ſeri-
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            ous impartial examination of thoſe
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            grounds on which they are bot-
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Which as it muſt needs be a
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            great hindrance to the proficiency
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            of all kind of Learning; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo more
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            <s xml:space="preserve">We might diſcern a greater come-
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            lineſs and order in this great Fa-
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            brick of the World, and more eaſily
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            underſtand the Appearances in A-
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            ſtronomy, if we could with indif-
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            ferency attend to what might be
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            ſaid for that Opinion of Copernicus,
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            which is here defended.</s>
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