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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            No; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſince ’tis ſo, and more with us alſo under
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            the Poles; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and beſides, the general Length of
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            their Night is ſomewhat abated in the Bigneſs
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            of their Moon which is our Earth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For this Re-
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            turns as great a Light unto that Planet, as it
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            Receives from it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But for the better Proof of
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            this, I ſhall firſt free the Way from ſuch Opi-
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            nions as might otherwiſe hinder the ſpeed of a
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            clearer Progreſs.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0109-01" xlink:href="note-0109-01a" xml:space="preserve">De gen.
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            animal. l. 4.
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            21.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0109-02" xlink:href="note-0109-02a" xml:space="preserve">Golden
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            Number.</note>
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          <note position="left" xml:space="preserve">Plut de.
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          fac lunæ.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Plutarch, one of the chief Patrons of this
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            World in the Moon, doth directly Contract
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            this Propoſition, Affirming, that thoſe who
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            Live there, may diſcern our World, as the
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            Dreggs and Sediment of all other Creatures,
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            appearing to them through Clouds and Foggy
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            miſts, and that altogether Devoid of Light,
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            being Baſe and unmoveable; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo that they
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            might well imagine the Dark place of Damna-
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            tion to be here Situate, and that they only were
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            the Inhabiters of the World, as being in the
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            midſt betwixt Heaven and Hell.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">To this I may Anſwer, ’tis Probable that
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            Plutarch ſpake this Inconſiderately, and with-
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            out a Reaſon, which makes him likewife fall
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            into another Abſurdity, when he ſays our Earth
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            would appear Immovable; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whereas Queſtion-
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            leſs, though it did not, yet would it ſeem to
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            Move and theirs to ſtand Still, as the Land doth
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            to a Man in a Ship; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">according to that of the
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            Poet.</s>
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          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">Provehimur portu, terræque urbeſque recedunt.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">And I doubt not but that the Ingenious Au-
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            thor would eaſily have Recanted, if he
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            had been but acquainted with thoſe Expe-</s>
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