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 Moon may be a World.
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            nor can he know much in Aſtronomy, who
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            underſtands not the Paralax, which is a Foun-
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            dation of that Science; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and I am ſure that he is
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            a timerous Man, who dares not believe the
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            frequent experience of his Senſes, or truſt to a
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            Demonſtration.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0126-01" xlink:href="note-0126-01a" xml:space="preserve">Epiſt. 95.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0126-02" xlink:href="note-0126-02a" xml:space="preserve">Vide Gali-
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            læum. Syſt.
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            muudi col-
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            loq. 3.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">True indeed, I grant ’tis poſſible, that the
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            Eye, the Medium, and the diſtance may all
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            deceive the Beholder; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but I would have him
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            ſhew which of all theſe was likely to cauſe an
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            Errour in this Obſervation? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Meerly to ſay they
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            might be deceiv’d, is no ſufficient Anſwer;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">for by this I may confute the poſitions of all
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            Aſtronomers, and affirm the Stars are hard by
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            us, becauſe ’tis poſſible they may be deceiv’d
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            in their Obſerving diſtance. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But I forbear any
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            further reply; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">my opinion is of that Treatiſe,
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            that either it was ſet forth purpoſely to tempt
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            a Confutation, that he might ſee the Opinion
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            of Galilæus confirm’d by others, or elſe it was
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            invented with as much haſt and negligence as
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            it was Printed, there being in it, almoſt as ma-
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            ny Faults as Lines.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Others think, that theſe are not any new
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            Comets, but ſome ancient Stars that were there
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            before, which now ſhine with that unuſual
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            Brightneſs, by reaſon of the interpoſition of
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            ſuch Vapours, which do multiply their Light;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and ſo the Alteration will be here only, and
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            not in the Heavens. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus Ariſtotle thought
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            the appearance of the milky way was produ-
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            ced: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For he held, that there were many lit-
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            tle Stars, which by their Influence did conſtant-
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            ly attract ſuch a Vapour towards that place of
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            Heaven, ſo that it always appeared white. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now</s>
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