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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            nicus’s obſervations, and did intend to write
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            a Commentary upon his other Works, but
            that he was taken out of this Life before he
            could finiſh thoſe reſolutions. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto theſe
            alſo I might add the names of Gilbert, Keplar,
            Gallilæus, with ſundry others, who have much
            beautified and confirmed this Hypotheſis, with
            their new inventions. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nay, I may ſafely af-
            firm, that amongſt the variety of thoſe Opi-
            nions that are in Aſtronomy, there are more (of
            thoſe which have skill in it) that are of this
            Opinion, not only than any other, but
            than all the reſt put together. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that now
            it is a greater Argument of Singularity to
            oppoſe it.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0193-01" xlink:href="note-0193-01a" xml:space="preserve">4 Conſid.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0193-02" xlink:href="note-0193-02a" xml:space="preserve">De doctà
            ignor. lib. 2
            cap. 12.</note>
            <note symbol="*" position="right" xlink:label="note-0193-03" xlink:href="note-0193-03a" xml:space="preserve"> Pref. ad
            Narr at.
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0194-01" xlink:href="note-0194-01a" xml:space="preserve">Ibid.</note>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis probable, that many other of the
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            Antients would have aſſented unto this Opi-
            nion, if they had been acquainted with thoſe
            experiments which later times have found
            out for the confirmation of it: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And there-
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            Rheticus and
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            Keplar do ſo often wiſh
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            that Ariſtotle were now alive again. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Queſti-
            onleſs he was ſo rational and ingenious a
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            Man (not half ſo obſtinate as many of his
            followers) that upon ſuch probabilities as
            theſe, he would quickly have renounced his
            ownPrinciples, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">have come over to this ſide:
            <s xml:space="preserve">For in one place, having propoſed ſome
            queſtions about the Heavens, which were
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            not eaſie to be reſolved: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">He ſets down this
            rule, that in difficulties, a Man may take a
            liberty to ſpeak that which ſeems moſt like-
            ly to him: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And in ſuch caſes, an aptneſs to
            gueſs at ſome reſolution, for the ſatisfying</s>