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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            † objected; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">If Pythagoras were of this Opi-
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            nion, yet his Authority ſhould not be of any
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            credit, becauſe he was the Author of many
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            other monſtrous abſurdities.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0191-01" xlink:href="note-0191-01a" xml:space="preserve">† Alex.
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            Roſſ. l. 2. ſc.
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            2. c. 10.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">To this I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">If a Mans errour in ſome
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            particulars ſhould take away his credit for
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            every thing elſe, this would aboliſh the force
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            of all human Authority; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for humanum eſt er-
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            rare. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Secondly, ’tis probable that many of
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            Pythagoras’s ſayings which ſeem ſo abſurd,
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            are not to be underſtood according to their
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            letter, but in a myſtical ſenſe.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But he objects again, that Pythagor as
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            was not of this Opinion; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and that for two
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            reaſons: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Firſt, becauſe no Antient Author
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            that he had read aſcribes it unto him. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Second-
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            ly, it is contradictory to his other Opinions,
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            concerning the Harmony that was made by
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            the motion of the Heavens; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which could not
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            conſiſt with this other of the Earth’s moti-
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            on.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">To the FirſtI anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Objector could
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            not chuſe but know that this Aſſertion is by
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            many Antient Authors aſcribed to that ſect,
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            whereof Pythagoras was the chief. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">He might
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            have ſeen it expreſly in
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            Ariſtotle himſelf:</s>
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            Οί @ υ @γέγουσι@π@μέὑτου μέσου
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            π~ρ @ύχ,τ τε γιω~ ε,υ @ @ωυ ου@υ κύκλω
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            φερο μζύιω ιρ@ τὸ μέσου, νύκτα τε κμέ-
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            ραυ ποιν.</s>
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            <note symbol="*" position="right" xlink:label="note-0191-02" xlink:href="note-0191-02a" xml:space="preserve"> De Calo.
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            lib. 2. c. 13.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">In which the Philoſopher does compendi-
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            ouſly reckon up the three chief particu-
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            lars implyed in the Opinion of the Pythago-
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            rians. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Firſt, the Suns being in the Centre of</s>
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