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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            ſelf in effect doth confeſs in another place;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">for ſpeaking concerning our knowledge of the
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            Heavens, he ſays, ’tis very imperfect and diffi-
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            cult, by reaſon of the vaſt diſtance of thoſe
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            Bodies from us, and becauſe the Changes
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            which may happen unto them, are not either
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            Big enough, or frequent enough to fall with-
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            in the Apprehenſion and Obſervation of our
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            Senſes; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">no wonder then if he himſelf be deceiv'd
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            in his Aſſertions concerning theſe Particulars.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But yet, in this he Implies, that if a Man were
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            nearer to theſe Heavenly Bodies, he would be
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            a fitter Judge, to decide this Controverſie than
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            himſelf. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now its our Advantage, that by
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            the help of Galileus his Glaſs, we are advanc'd
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            nearer unto them, and the Heavens are made
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            more Preſent to us than they were before. </s>
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            However, as it is with us where there be ma-
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            ny Viciſſitudes and Succeſſions or things, tho’
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            the Earth abideth for ever: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So likewiſe may it
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            be amongſt the Planets, in which tho’ there
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            ſhould be divers Alterations, yet they them-
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            ſelves may ſtill continue of the ſame Quantity
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            and Light.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0043-01" xlink:href="note-0043-01a" xml:space="preserve">De cælo. l. 2
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            cap. 3. 1</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Though we could not by our Senſes ſe@
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            ſuch Alterations, yet our Reaſon might per-
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            haps ſufficiently convince us of them. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nor
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            can we well conceive how the Sun ſhould re-
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            flect againſt the Moon, and yet not produce
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            ſome Alteration of Heat. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Diogenes the Phi-
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            loſoper was hence perſwaded, that theſe
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            Scorching Heats had Burnt the Moon into the
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            Form of a Pumice ſtone.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer, that there have been ſome Al-
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            terations obſerv'd there; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Witneſs thoſe Com-</s>
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