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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            logy for the ſtrangeneſs of thoſe Truths that
            he was there to deliver; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s890" xml:space="preserve">amongſt which, there
            are divers things to this purpoſe concerning
            the Nature of theMoon. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s891" xml:space="preserve">He profeſſes that
            he did not publiſh them, either out of a hu-
            mour oſ Contradiction, or deſire of Vain-glo-
            ry, or in a Jeſting way, to make himſelf, or
            others merry, but after a conſiderate and ſo-
            lemn manner, for the diſcovery of the Truth.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s892" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s893" xml:space="preserve">Now as for the knowledge which Cæſar pre-
            tends to the contrary, you may gueſs what it
            was by his ſtrange conſidence in other Aſſerti-
            ons, & </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s894" xml:space="preserve">his boldneſs in them may well derogate
              <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0069-01" xlink:href="note-0069-01a" xml:space="preserve">cap. 7. </note>
            from his Credit in this. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s895" xml:space="preserve">For ſpeaking of Pto-
            lomy’s Hypotheſis, he pronounces this Verdict,
            Impoſſibile eſt excentricorum & </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s896" xml:space="preserve">epicyclorum poſiti-
            tio, nec aliquis eſt ex Mathematicis adeo ſtultus
            qui veram illam exiſtimet. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s897" xml:space="preserve">‘The poſition of
            ‘ Excentricks and Epicycles is altogether im-
            ‘ poſſible, nor is there any Mathematician ſuch
            ‘ a Fool as to think it true. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s898" xml:space="preserve">I ſhould gueſs he
            could not have knowledge enough to maintain
            any other Hypotheſis, who was ſo ignorant in
            Mathematicks, as to deny, any good Author
            held this. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s899" xml:space="preserve">For I would fain know, whether
            there were never any that thought the Hea-
            vens to be ſolid Bodies, and that there
            were ſuch kinds of Motion, as is by thoſe
            feigned Orbs ſupplyed; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s900" xml:space="preserve">if ſo, Gæſar la Galla
            was much miſtaken. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s901" xml:space="preserve">I think his Aſſertions
            are equally true, that Galilæus and Keplar did
            not hold this, and that there were none which
            ever held that other. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s902" xml:space="preserve">Thus much for the
            Teſtimony of thoſe who were directly of this
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