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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            lar Opinion; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but it ſeemed moſt likely to
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            Gamillus Glorioſus. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Th. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Gampanella, Fromondus,
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            with ſome others. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But if you ask, whither
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            ſhall all theſe Exhalations return? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I Anſwer,
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            every one into his own Planet. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">If it be again
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            Objected, that then there will be ſo many
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            Centers of Gravity, and each ſeveral Planet
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            will be a diſtinct World; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I reply, we have not
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            like probability concerning the reſt; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but yet,
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            perhaps all of them are ſo, except the Sun, tho
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            Guſanus, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſome others, think, there is one alſo;
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            and later times have diſcovered ſome leſſer
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            Clouds moving round about him. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But as for
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            Saturn he hath two Moons on each ſide. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Fupiter
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            hath four, that Incircle him with their Motion,
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            which are likewiſe Eclipſed by the Interpoſiti-
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            on of his Body, as the Moon is of our Earth.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Venus is obſerv’d to increaſe and decreaſe as
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            the Moon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And this perhaps hath been noted
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            by former Ages, as may be gueſt by that Re-
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            lation of St. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Auſtin out of Varro. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Mars
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            and all the reſt, derive their Light from the
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            the Sun. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Concerning Mercury, there hath
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            been little or no Obſervation, becauſe, for the
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            moſt part, he lies hid under the Sun-Beams,
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            and ſeldom appears by himſelf. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But when he
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            does, yet the compaſs of his Body is ſo little,
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            and his Light of ſo clear a brightneſs, by rea-
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            ſon of his nearneſs to the Sun, that the Per-
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            ſpective cannot make the ſame Diſcoveries
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            upon him, as from the reſt.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0132-01" xlink:href="note-0132-01a" xml:space="preserve">De Comet.
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            l. 5. c. 4.
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            Apol. pro
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            Galil.
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            Meteor. l.
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            3.c.2.Art. 6.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0132-02" xlink:href="note-0132-02a" xml:space="preserve">Lectant.
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            Fuſt. l.3. c.
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            23.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0132-03" xlink:href="note-0132-03a" xml:space="preserve">De Civit.
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            Dei. l. 21.
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            cap. 8.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">So that if you conſider their Quantity, their
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            Opacity, or theſe other Diſcoveries, you ſhall
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            find it probable enough, that each of them
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            may be a ſeveral World. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Eſpecially, ſince</s>
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