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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            Truth, which they themſelves were not the
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            firſt Inventors of. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that I may juſtly expect
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            to be accuſed of a Pragmatical Ignorance, and
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            bold Oſtentation; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">eſpecially ſince for this O-
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            pinion, Xenophanes, a Man whoſe Authority
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            was able to add ſome Credit to his Aſſertion,
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            could not eſcape the like Cenſure from others.
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For Natales Comes ſpeaking of that Philoſo-
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            pher, and this his Opinion, ſaith thus, Nonnulli
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            ne nihil ſciſſe videantur, aliqua nova monſtr a in
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            Philoſophiam introducunt, ut alicujus rei inven-
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            tores fuiſſe apparent. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">‘Some there are, who leſt
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            ‘ they might ſeem to know nothing, will bring
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            ‘ up monſtrous abſurdities in Philoſophy, that
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            ‘ ſo afterward they may be famed for the In-
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            ‘ vention of ſomewhat. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The ſame Author
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            doth alſo in another place accuſe Anaxagoras
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            of Folly for the ſame Opinion. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Eſt enim non
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            ignobilis gradus ſtultitiæ, vel ſineſcias quid dicas,
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            tamen velle de rebus propoſitis hanc vell illam par-
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            tem ſtabilire. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis none of the worſt kinds of
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            Folly, boldly to affirm one ſide or other when
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            a Man knows not what to ſay.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0015-01" xlink:href="note-0015-01a" xml:space="preserve">Mytholog.
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            lib. 3. c. 17</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0015-02" xlink:href="note-0015-02a" xml:space="preserve">Lib. 7. c. 1</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">If theſe Men were thus cenſur’d, I may juſt-
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            ly expect to be derided of moſt, and to be be-
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            lieved by few or none; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">eſpecially ſince this
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            Opinion ſeems to carry in it ſo much ſtrange-
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            neſs, and contradiction to the general conſent
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            of others. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But however, I am reſolved that
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            this ſhall not be any diſcouragement, ſince I
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            know that it is not common Opinion that can
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            either add or detract from the Truth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For,</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Other Truths have been formerly eſtee-
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            med altogether as ridiculous as this can be.</s>
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