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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            days, does obſerve a Revolution about its
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            own Axis, and ſo carry along the Planets
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            that encompaſs it; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which Planets are
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            therefore ſlower or ſwifter, according to
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            their diſtances from him.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">If you ask, By what means the Sun can
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            produce ſuch a Motion?</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">He anſwers: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">By ſending forth a kind of
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            Magnetick Virtue in ſtreight Lines, from
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            each part of its Body; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">of which there is
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            always a conſtant ſucceſſion: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo that as
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            ſoon as one Beam of this Vigor has paſſed a
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            Planet, there is another preſently takes hold
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            of it, like the Teeth of a Wheel.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But how can any Virtue hold out to ſuch
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            a diſtance?</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">He anſwers: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Firſt, as Light and Heat,
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            together with thoſe other ſecret Influences,
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            which work upon Minerals in the Bowels of
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            the Earth: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo likewiſe may the Sun ſend
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            forth a Magnetick Motive Virtue, whoſe
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            Power may be continued to the fartheſt Pla-
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            nets.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Secondly. </s>
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            common Philoſophy, may move the Sea,
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            why then may not the Sun move this Globe
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            of Earth?</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">In ſuch Queries as theſe, we can conclude
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            only from Conjectures, that Speech of the
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            Wiſe Man, Eccleſ. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">11. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">being more eſpe-
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            cially verified of Aſtronomical Queſtions,
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            concerning the Frame of the whole Uni-
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            verſe, That no Man can find out the Works of</s>
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