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 Earth may be a Planet.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis reported of Clavius, that when lying
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            upon his Death-bed, he heard the firſt News
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            of thoſe Difcoveries which were made by
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            Gallilæus his Glaſs, he brake forth into theſe
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            words: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Videre Aſtronomos, quo pacto conſtituen-
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            di ſunt orbes Cœleſtes, ut hœc Phœnomena ſalvari
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            poſſint: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">That it did behove Aſtronomers to
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            conſider of ſome other Hypotheſis, beſide that
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            of Ptolomy, whereby they might ſalve all thoſe
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            new appearances. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Intimating that this old
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            one, which formerly he had defended, would
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            not now ſerve the turn: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And doubtleſs, if he
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            had been informed how congruous all theſe
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            might have been unto the Opinion of Coper-
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            nicus, he would quickly have turned on that
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            ſide. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis conſiderable, that amongſt the
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            followers of Copernicus, there are ſcarce any,
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            who were not formerly againſt him; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            ſuch, as at firſt, had been throughly
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            ſeaſoned with the Principles of Ariſtotle; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">in
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            which, for the moſt part, they have no leſs
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            skill, than thoſe who are ſo violent in the
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            defence of them. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Whereas on the contrary,
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            there are very few to be found amongſt the
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            followers of Ariſtotle and Ptolomy, that have
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            read any thing in Copernicus, or do fully un-
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            derſtand the Grounds of his Opinion; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and I
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            think, not any, who having been once ſetled
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            with any ſtrong aſſent on this ſide, that have
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            afterwards revolted from it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now if we do
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            but ſeriouſly weigh with our ſelves, that ſo
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            many ingenious, conſidering Men, ſhould
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            reject that Opinion which they were nurſed
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            up in, and which is generally approved as the</s>
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