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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            one Medium, and thereſore between thoſe
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            two Oppoſite Elements of Earth and Water,
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            it may ſeem more convenient to place only
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            the Air, which ſhall partake of Middle Qua-
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            lities different from both.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0048-03" xlink:href="note-0048-03a" xml:space="preserve">4.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">5. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Fire does not ſeem ſo properly and di-
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            rectly to be oppos'd to any thing as Ice; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            if the one be not an Element, why ſhould the
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            other?</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0049-01" xlink:href="note-0049-01a" xml:space="preserve">5</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">If you object that the Fire which we com-
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            monly uſe, does always tend upwards. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I an-
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            ſwer, This cannot prove that there is a natu-
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            ral place for ſuch an Element, ſince our Ad-
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            verſaries do grant, that culinary and elementary
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            Fire are of different kinds. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The one does
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            Burn, Shine, and Corrupt its Subjects; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">the
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            other diſagrees from it in all theſe reſpects:
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And therefore from the Aſcent of the one, we
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            cannot properly infer the Being or Scituation
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            of the other.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But for your further Satisfaction herein,
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            you may peruſe Gardan; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Foannes Pena that
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            Learned Frenchman, the Noble Tycho, with
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            divers others, who have purpoſely Handled
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            this Propoſition.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I might add a Third, viz. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">that there is no
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            Muſick of the Spheres; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for if they be not
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            Solid, how can their Motion cauſe any ſuch
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            Sound as is Conceiv'd? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I do the rather meddle
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            with this, becauſe Plutarch ſpeaks as if a Man
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            might very conveniently hear that Harmony,
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            if he were an Inhabitant in the Moon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But I
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            gueſs that he ſaid this out of Incogitancy, and
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            did not well conſider theſe neceſſary Conſe-
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            quences which depend upon his Opinion. </s>
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