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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            of our Philoſophical thirſt, does deſerve ra-
            ther to be ſtiled by the name of Modeſty,
            than Boldneſs. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2695" xml:space="preserve">And in another place, he
              <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0195-01" xlink:href="note-0195-01a" xml:space="preserve">Met. lib.
              12. cap. 8.</note>
            refers the Reader to the different Opinions
            of Aſtronomers, adviſing him to examin their
            ſeveral tenents, as well Eudoxus as Calippus;
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2696" xml:space="preserve">and to entertain that (not which is moſt an-
            tient, but) which is moſt exact and agree-
            able to Reaſon. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2697" xml:space="preserve">And as for Ptolomy, ’tis his
              <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0195-02" xlink:href="note-0195-02a" xml:space="preserve">Alm. lib.
              13. cap. 2.</note>
            counſel, that we ſhould endeavour to frame
            ſuch ſuppoſitions of the Heavens, as might
            be more ſimple, being void of all ſuperflui-
            ties: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2698" xml:space="preserve">And he confeſſes, that his Hypotheſis had
            many implications in it, together with ſun-
            dry intricate and unlikely turnings; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2699" xml:space="preserve">and
            therefore in the ſame place, he ſeems to ad-
            moniſh us, that we ſhould not be too confi-
            dent the Heavens were really in the ſame
            Form, wherein Aſtronomers did ſuppoſe
            them. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2700" xml:space="preserve">So that ’tis likely, ’twas his chief in-
            tent to propoſe unto us ſuch a frame of the
            Cœleſtial Bodies, from which we might, in
            ſome meaſure, conceive of their different ap-
            pearances; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2701" xml:space="preserve">and according to which, we
            might be able to calculate their motions. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2702" xml:space="preserve">But
            now, ’tis Copernicus his endeavour, to pro-
            pound unto us, the true natural Cauſes of
            theſe ſeveral Motions, and Appearances:
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2703" xml:space="preserve">It was the intent of the one, to ſettle the
            Imagination; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2704" xml:space="preserve">and of the other, to ſatisfie the
            judgment. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2705" xml:space="preserve">So, that we have no reaſon to
            doubt of his aſſent unto this Opinion, if he
            had but clearly underſtood all the grounds
            of it.</s>
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