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 Earth may be a Planet.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But now, this Motion of theirs cannot
            be cauſed by the Heavens; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and therefore it
            muſt neceſſarily proceed from the Revoluti-
            on of our Earth.</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:space="preserve">That the Moon's Orb cannot carry along
            with it the greater part of the Air wherein
            theſe Comets are placed, might eaſily be
            proved from the common Grounds. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For
            the Concave Superficies of that Sphere, is
            uſually ſuppoſed to be exactly terſe and
            ſmooth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo that the meer touch of it can-
            not turn about the whole Element of Fire,
            with a Motion that is not natural unto it.
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nor could this Elementary Fire, which they
            imagine to be of a more rarified and ſubtil
            Nature, communicate the ſame Motion to
            the thicker Air, and that to the Waters (as
            ſome affirm): </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For by what means could
            that ſmooth Orb take hold of the adjoining
            Air ? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To this Sarſius anſwers, that there are
            great Gibboſities, and mountainous Inequa-
            lities, in the Concavity of the loweſt Sphere,
            and by theſe is it enabled to carry along
            with it the Fire and Air. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But
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            tells him, Fictitia iſta, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ad fugam reperta
            ſunt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And yet his own Conjecture is ſcarce
            ſo good, when he affirms, that this Motion
            of the Ætherial Air, as alſo of that Ele-
            mentary Air hard by us, is cauſed by that
            ruggedneſs which there is in the Bodies of
            the Planets; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">of which Opinion, we may,
            with as good reaſon, ſay as he ſays to
            Sarſius: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Fictitia iſta, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ad fugam reperta;
            <s xml:space="preserve">Theſe things are meer Fictions, inven-</s>