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

Page concordance

< >
Scan Original
301 121
302 122
303 123
304 124
305 125
306 126
307 127
308 128
309 129
310 130
311 131
312 132
313 133
314 134
315 135
316 136
317 137
318 138
319 139
320 140
321 141
322 142
323 143
324 144
325 145
326 146
327 147
328 148
329 149
330 150
< >
page |< < (119) of 370 > >|
That the Earth may be a Planet.
    <echo version="1.0RC">
      <text xml:lang="en" type="free">
        <div type="section" level="1" n="63">
          <p>
            <s xml:space="preserve">
              <pb o="119" file="0299" n="299" rhead="That the Earth may be a Planet."/>
            the lower parts of this Globe, do not con-
              <lb/>
            ſiſt of ſuch a ſoft fructifying Earth, as there
              <lb/>
            is in the Surface, (becauſe there can be no
              <lb/>
            ſuch uſe for it as here, and Nature does no-
              <lb/>
            thing in vain) but rather of ſome hard
              <lb/>
            rocky ſubſtance, ſince we may well conceive,
              <lb/>
            that theſe lower parts are preſſed cloſe to-
              <lb/>
            gether, by the weight of all thoſe heavy
              <lb/>
            Bodies above them. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now, ’tis probable,
              <lb/>
            that this rocky Subſtance is a Loadſtone, ra-
              <lb/>
            ther than a Jaſpis, Adamant, Marble, or
              <lb/>
            any other; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">becauſe experience teacheth us,
              <lb/>
            that the Earth and Loadſtone do agree to-
              <lb/>
            gether in ſo many Properties. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Suppoſe a
              <lb/>
            Man were to judg the Matter of divers Bo-
              <lb/>
            dies; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">each of which ſhould be wrap'd up
              <lb/>
            in ſome covering from his Eye, ſo that he
              <lb/>
            might only examine them by ſome other
              <lb/>
            outward ſigns: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">If in this examination, he
              <lb/>
            ſhould find any particular Body which had
              <lb/>
            all the Properties that are peculiar to a
              <lb/>
            Loadſtone, he would in reaſon conclude it
              <lb/>
            to be of that Nature, rather than any other.
              <lb/>
            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now there is altogether as much reaſon why
              <lb/>
            we ſhould infer, that the inward parts of
              <lb/>
            the Earth do conſiſt of a Magnetical Sub-
              <lb/>
            ſtance. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The agreement of theſe two, you
              <lb/>
            may ſee largely ſet forth in the Treatiſe of
              <lb/>
            Dr. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Gilbert. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I will inſtance only in one Ex-
              <lb/>
            ample, which of it ſelf may ſufficiently evi-
              <lb/>
            dence, that the Globe of Earth does par-
              <lb/>
            take of the like affections with the Load-
              <lb/>
            ſtone. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">In the Mariner's Needle, you may
              <lb/>
            obſerve the Magnetical Motions of Directi-</s>
          </p>
        </div>
      </text>
    </echo>