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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The Epiſtle to the Reader.
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            etb that which is Weighty and Solid.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">It is my Deſire, that by the Occaſion of this
            Diſcourſe, I may raiſe up ſome more Active
            Spirit to ſearch after other hidden and un-
            known Truths. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Since it muſt needs be a great
            Impediment unto the Growth of Sciences, for
            Men ſtill ſoto Plod on upon beaten Principles,
            as to be afraid of entertaining any thing that
            may ſeem to contradict them. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">An unwilling-
            neſs to take ſuch things into Examinati-
            on, is one of thoſe Errours of Learning in
            theſe times obſerved by the judicions Veru-
            lam. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Lueſtionleſs, there are many ſeeret
            Truths, which the Ancients have paſſed
            over, that are yet left to make ſome of our
            Age Famous for their Diſcovery.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">If by this Occaſion I may provoke any Rea-
            der to an Attempt of this Nature, I ſhall
            think my ſelf Happy, and this Work Succeſs-
            <s xml:space="preserve">Farewell.</s>
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