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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            rather take pains to prefer them to ſome extra-
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            ordinary Nature; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whereas notwithſtanding,
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            all the Arguments they could invent, were
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            not able to convince a neceſſity of any ſuch
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            Matter, as is confeſt by their own ſide. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It
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            were much to be deſir'd, that theſe Men had
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            not in other Caſes, as well as this, Multiply-
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            ed things without neceſſity, and as if there
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            had not been enough to be known in the Se-
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            crets of Nature, have ſpun out new Subjects
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            from their own Brains, to find more Work
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            for Future Ages; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſhall not mention their
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            Arguments, ſince ’tis already confeſt, that they
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            are none of them of any neceſſary conſequence:
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            <s xml:space="preserve">and beſides you may ſee them ſet down in any
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            of the Books de Cælo.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0039-01" xlink:href="note-0039-01a" xml:space="preserve">De Cælo.
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            l. 1. c. 2.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0040-01" xlink:href="note-0040-01a" xml:space="preserve">Colleg. con-
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            nimb. de
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            cælo. t. 1. c. 2
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            q. 6. art. 3</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But it is the general Conſent of the Fathers,
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            and the Opinion of Lumbard, that the Hea-
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            vens conſiſt of the ſame matter with theſe
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            Sublunary Bodies. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">St. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Ambroſe is ſo confident
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            of it, that he eſteems the contrary a Hereſie.
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            True indeed, they differ much among them-
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            ſelves, ſome thinking them to be made of
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            Fire, others of Water, and others of both;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but herein they generally agree, that they are
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            all fram'd of ſome Element or other. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Which
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            Dioniſius Garthuſianus collects from that place
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            in Geneſis, where the Heavens are mention'd
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            in their Creation, as divided only in diſtance
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            from the Elementary Bodies, and not as being
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            made of any new Matter. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To this purpoſe
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            others Cire the Derivation of the Hebrew
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            word מושש, quaſi שמ ibi & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">מומ aquæ, or quaſi
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            שע ignis & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">מומ. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Becauſe they are fram'd
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            out of theſe Elements. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But concerning this,</s>
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