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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            ſtand it: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4147" xml:space="preserve">ſince he puts it in the front of his
            other Arguments, as being of ſtrength and
            ſubtilty enough to be a Leader unto all the
            reſt; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4148" xml:space="preserve">and yet in the moſt likely ſenſe of it,
            ’tis ſo extreamly ſimple to be preſſed in a
            Controverſy, that every freſh Man would
            laugh at it. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4149" xml:space="preserve">The words of it are theſe:
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4150" xml:space="preserve">Quod minimum eſt in circulo debet eſſe centrum
            illius, at Terr a longè minor eſt Sole, & </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4151" xml:space="preserve">Æqui-
            noctialis Terreſtris eſt omnium in Cælo circulus
            minimus, ergo, &</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4152" xml:space="preserve">c.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4153" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4154" xml:space="preserve">By the ſame reaſon, it would rather fol-
            low, that the Moon, or Mercury, were in the
            Centre, ſince both theſe are leſs than the
            Earth. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4155" xml:space="preserve">And then, whereas he ſays, that the
            Equinoctial of the Earth, is the leaſt Circle
            in the Heavens, ’tis neigher true nor perti-
            nent, and would make one ſuſpect, that he
            who ſhould urge ſuch an Argument, did
            ſcarce underſtand any thing in Aſtronomy.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4156" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4157" xml:space="preserve">There are many other Objections like un-
            to this, not worth the citing: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4158" xml:space="preserve">The chief of
            all have been already anſwered; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4159" xml:space="preserve">by which
            you may diſcern, that there is not any ſuch
            great neceſſity, as our Adverſaries pretend,
            why the Earth ſhould be ſcituated in the
            midſt of the Univerſe.</s>
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