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.
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            & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">aerea lunæ, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">gravidine usateriali terræ, & </s>
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            conſimiliter de aliis ſtellarum regionibus, ſuſpican-
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            tes nullam habitationibus carere, quaſi tot ſint par-
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            tes particulares mundiales unius aniverſi, quot ſunt
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            ſtellæ quærum non eſt numerus, niſi apud eum qui
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            omnia in numero creavit.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">‘We may conjecture (ſaith he) the Inhabi-
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            ‘ tants of the Sun are like to the nature of that
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            ‘ Planet, more clear and bright, more intel-
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            ‘ lectual than thoſe in the Moon where they
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            ‘ are nearer to the Nature of that duller Pla-
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            ‘ net, and thoſe of the Earth being more groſs
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            and material than either, ſo that theſe Intelle-
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            ‘ ctual Natures in the Sun, are more form than
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            ‘ matter, thoſe in the Earth more matter than
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            ‘ form, and thoſe in the Moon betwixt both.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">‘ This we may gueſs from the fiery influence
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            ‘ of the Sun, the watery and aerous influence
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            ‘ of the Moon, as alſo the material Heavineſs
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            ‘ of the Earth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">In ſome ſuch manner likewiſe
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            ‘ is it with the Regions of the-other Stars; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for
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            ‘ we conjecture that none of them are without
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            ‘ Inhabitants, but that there are ſo many par-
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            ‘ ticular Worlds and parts of this one Univerſe,
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            ‘ as there are Stars, which are innumerable, un-
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            ‘ leſs it be to him who Created all things in
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            ‘ Number.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">For he held that the Stars were not all in
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            one equal Orb as we commonly ſuppoſe; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but
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            that ſome were ſar higher than others, which
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            made them appear leſs; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and that many others
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            were ſo far above any of theſe, that they were
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            altogether inviſible unto us. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">An Opinion which
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            (as I conceive) hath not any great probability
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            for it, nor certainty againſt it.</s>
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