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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            ation, and move only about its own Cen-
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s4443" xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4444" xml:space="preserve">The Motion of a Bullet is violent, and
            againſt its Nature, which does ſtrongly in-
            cline it to move downwards. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4445" xml:space="preserve">Whereas
            the Earth being conſidered as whole, and in
            its proper place, is not heavy, nor does
            it contain any repugnancy to a Circular Mo-
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s4447" xml:space="preserve">6. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4448" xml:space="preserve">The chief Argument on which our
            Adverſaries do moſt inſiſt, is this: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4449" xml:space="preserve">If there
              <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0297-01" xlink:href="note-0297-01a" xml:space="preserve">Ariſtor. de
              Cæbo, l. 2.
              c. 13.</note>
            were ſuch a Motion of the Earth as is ſup-
            poſed; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4450" xml:space="preserve">then thoſe Bodies which are ſevered
            from it in the Air, would be forſaken by it.
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4451" xml:space="preserve">The Clouds would ſeem to riſe and ſet as
            the Stars. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4452" xml:space="preserve">The Birds would be carried a-
            way from their Neſts. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4453" xml:space="preserve">No heavy Body
            could fall perpendicular. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4454" xml:space="preserve">An Arrow or Bul-
            let being ſhot from Eaſt to Weſt, by the
            ſame violence, will not be carried an equal
            diſtance from us, but we ſhould, by the re-
            volution of our Earth, overtake that which
            was ſhot to the Eaſt, before it could fall. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4455" xml:space="preserve">If
            a Man, leaping up, ſhould abide in the Air
            but one ſecond ſcruple of an hour, or the
            ſixtieth part of a minute, the Earth, in that
            ſpace, would withdraw it ſelf from him
            almoſt a quarter of a mile. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4456" xml:space="preserve">All theſe, and
            many other ſuch ſtrange Inferences, which
            are directly contrary to ſenſe and expe-
            rience, would follow from this motion of
            the Earth.</s>
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