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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            than a little Pebble ; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but alſo when its Mo-
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            tion does proceed from ſome external A-
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            gent, as the Wind will drive a great Cloud,
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            or a heavy Ship, when it is not able to ſtir a
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            little Stone.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0325-01" xlink:href="note-0325-01a" xml:space="preserve">Roff.lit. ii
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            ſect. 1. c.1.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As for the ſwiftneſs of this Motion,
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            the poſſibility of it may be illuſtrated by o-
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            ther Particulars in Nature : </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As,</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The ſound of a Cannon, in a little
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            time, is carried for twenty miles diſtance.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0326-01" xlink:href="note-0326-01a" xml:space="preserve">Idem lib. 2
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            ſect. 1.c.5.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Though a Star be ſcituate ſo remote-
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            ly from us; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet the Eye diſcerns it in a mo-
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            ment, which is not without ſome motion,
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            either of the Species of the Star, or the
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            Rays of the Eye. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus alſo the Light does
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            in an inſtant paſs from one ſide of the Hea-
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            ven to another.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0326-02" xlink:href="note-0326-02a" xml:space="preserve">Idem lib. 1
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            ſect. 1.c.2.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">If the force of Powder be able to car-
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            ry a Bullet with ſo great a ſwiftneſs, we need
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            not doubt then, but that the Heavens are
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            capable of ſuch a celerity, as is uſually at-
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            tributed unto them.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto theſe it may be anſwered:</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Where they ſay that the Heavenly Bo-
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            dies are without all gravity; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">we grant it, in
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            the ſame ſenſe as our Earth alſo, being con-
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            ſidered as whole, and in its proper place,
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            may be denied to be heavy : </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſince this Qua-
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            lity, in the exacteſt ſenſe, can only be aſcri-
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            bed unto ſuch parts as are ſevered from the
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            whole to which they belong. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But how-
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            ever, ſince the Heavens, or Stars, are of a
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            material Subſtance, ’tis impoſſible but there
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            ſhould be in them ſome ineptitude to Moti-</s>
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