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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            the lower parts of this Globe, do not con-
            ſiſt of ſuch a ſoft fructifying Earth, as there
            is in the Surface, (becauſe there can be no
            ſuch uſe for it as here, and Nature does no-
            thing in vain) but rather of ſome hard
            rocky ſubſtance, ſince we may well conceive,
            that theſe lower parts are preſſed cloſe to-
            gether, by the weight of all thoſe heavy
            Bodies above them. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4484" xml:space="preserve">Now, ’tis probable,
            that this rocky Subſtance is a Loadſtone, ra-
            ther than a Jaſpis, Adamant, Marble, or
            any other; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4485" xml:space="preserve">becauſe experience teacheth us,
            that the Earth and Loadſtone do agree to-
            gether in ſo many Properties. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4486" xml:space="preserve">Suppoſe a
            Man were to judg the Matter of divers Bo-
            dies; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4487" xml:space="preserve">each of which ſhould be wrap'd up
            in ſome covering from his Eye, ſo that he
            might only examine them by ſome other
            outward ſigns: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4488" xml:space="preserve">If in this examination, he
            ſhould find any particular Body which had
            all the Properties that are peculiar to a
            Loadſtone, he would in reaſon conclude it
            to be of that Nature, rather than any other.
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4489" xml:space="preserve">Now there is altogether as much reaſon why
            we ſhould infer, that the inward parts of
            the Earth do conſiſt of a Magnetical Sub-
            ſtance. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4490" xml:space="preserve">The agreement of theſe two, you
            may ſee largely ſet forth in the Treatiſe of
            Dr. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4491" xml:space="preserve">Gilbert. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4492" xml:space="preserve">I will inſtance only in one Ex-
            ample, which of it ſelf may ſufficiently evi-
            dence, that the Globe of Earth does par-
            take of the like affections with the Load-
            ſtone. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4493" xml:space="preserve">In the Mariner's Needle, you may
            obſerve the Magnetical Motions of </s>