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 Eartb may be a Planet.
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            ſtand it: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſince he puts it in the front of his
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            other Arguments, as being of ſtrength and
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            ſubtilty enough to be a Leader unto all the
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            reſt; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and yet in the moſt likely ſenſe of it,
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            ’tis ſo extreamly ſimple to be preſſed in a
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            Controverſy, that every freſh Man would
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            laugh at it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The words of it are theſe:
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Quod minimum eſt in circulo debet eſſe centrum
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            illius, at Terr a longè minor eſt Sole, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Æqui-
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            noctialis Terreſtris eſt omnium in Cælo circulus
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            minimus, ergo, &</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">c.</s>
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            <note symbol="*" position="right" xlink:label="note-0277-01" xlink:href="note-0277-01a" xml:space="preserve">Lib. I.
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            ſect. 2.6.I.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">By the ſame reaſon, it would rather fol-
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            low, that the Moon, or Mercury, were in the
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            Centre, ſince both theſe are leſs than the
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            Earth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And then, whereas he ſays, that the
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            Equinoctial of the Earth, is the leaſt Circle
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            in the Heavens, ’tis neigher true nor perti-
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            nent, and would make one ſuſpect, that he
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            who ſhould urge ſuch an Argument, did
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            ſcarce underſtand any thing in Aſtronomy.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">There are many other Objections like un-
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            to this, not worth the citing: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The chief of
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            all have been already anſwered; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">by which
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            you may diſcern, that there is not any ſuch
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            great neceſſity, as our Adverſaries pretend,
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            why the Earth ſhould be ſcituated in the
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            midſt of the Univerſe.</s>
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