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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            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer, 1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis not perhaps impoſſible, that a man
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            may be able to Fly, by the application of Wings to his
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            own body; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">as Angels are pictur’d, as Mercury and Dæda-
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            lus are feigned, and as hath been attempted by divers,
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            particularly by a Turk in Conſtantinople, as Busbequius relates.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">If there be ſuch a great Ruck in Madagaſcar, as
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            Mar-
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            cus Polus the Venetian mentions, the Feathers in whoſe
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            Wings are twelve Foot long, which can ſoop up a Horle
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            and his Rider, or an Elephant, as our Kites do a Mouſe;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">why then ’tis but teaching one of theſe to carry a man, and
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            he may ride up thither, as Ganimed does upon an Eagle.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0171-01" xlink:href="note-0171-01a" xml:space="preserve">Mr. Bur.
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            ton.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0171-02" xlink:href="note-0171-02a" xml:space="preserve">Melanch.
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            pa. 2. ſect. 2
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            mem. 3.</note>
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          <note symbol="*" position="right" xml:space="preserve">Lib. 3.
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          c. 40.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Or if neither of theſe ways will ſerve; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet I do ſeri-
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            only, and upon good grounds, affirm it poſſible to make a
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            Flying Chariot; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">in which a Man may ſit, and give ſuch a
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            motion unto it, as ſhall convey him through the Air. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And
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            this perhaps might be made large enough to carry divers
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            Men at the ſame time, together with Food for their Via-
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            ticum, and commodities for Traffick. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It is not the bigneſs
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            of any thing in this kind, that can hinder its motion, if
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            the raotive Faculty be anſwerable thereunto. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">We ſee a
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            great Ship ſwims as well as a ſmall cork, and an Eagle flies
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            in the Air as well as a little gnat.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">This Engine may be contrived from the ſame Principles
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            by which Architas made a wooden Dove, and Regiomontanus
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            a wooden Eagle.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I conceive it were no difficult matter (if a man had lei-
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            ſure) to ſhew more particularly the means of compoſing it.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">The perfecting of ſuch an Invention, would be of ſuch ex-
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            cellent uſe, that it were enough, not only to make a man
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            Famous, but the Age alſo where he lives. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For beſides the
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            ſtrange diſcoveries that it might occaſion in this other
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            World, it would be alio of inconceivable advantage for
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            Travelling, above any other conveyanee that is now in uſe.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">So that notwithſtanding all theſe ſeeming impoſſibilities,
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            ’tis likely enough, that there may be a means invented of
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            Journying to the Moon; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and how happy ſhall they be,
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            that are firſt ſucceſsful in this attempt?</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">--------Fæliceſque animæ, quas nubila ſupra,
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            Et turpes fumos, plenumque vaporibus orbem,
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            Inſeruit cælo ſancti ſcintilla Promethei.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Having thus finiſhed this Diſcourſe, I chanced upon a
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            late fancy to this purpoſe under the feigned Name of Do-
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            mingo Gonſales, written by a late Reverend and Learned
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            Biſhop: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">In which (beſides ſundry partlculars wherein this</s>
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