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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            and Opinion of others, and then afterwards
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            to deſcend unto the Reaſons that may be
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            drawn from the Nature and Eſſence of the
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            things themſelves: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Becauſe theſe inartificial
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            Arguments (as the Logicians call them) do
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            not carry with them any clear and convin-
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            cing evidence; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and therefore ſhould come
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            after thoſe that are of more neceſſary depen-
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            dance, as ſerving rather to confirm, than re-
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            ſolve the Judgment.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But yet, ſo it is, that in thoſe points which
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            are beſides the common Opinion, Men are
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            carried away at the firſt by the general cry,
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            and ſeldom or never come ſo far as to ex-
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            amine the reaſons that may be urged for
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            them. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And therefore, ſince it is the purpoſe
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            of this diſcourſe to remove thoſe prejudices
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            which may hinder our Judgment in the like
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            caſe, ’tis requiſit that in the firſt place there
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            be ſome ſatisfaction given to thoſe Argu-
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            ments that may be taken from the Authori-
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            ty of others.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Which Arguments are inſiſted on by our
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            adverſaries with much heat and violence.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">What (ſay they) ſhall an upſtart Novel-
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            ty thruſt out ſuch a Truth as hath paſſed by
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            ſucceſſive Tradition through all Ages of the
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            World? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And hath been generally entertain-
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            ed, not only in the Opinion of the vulgar,
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            but alſo of the greateſt Philoſophers and
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            moſt Learned Men? </s>
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            Shall we think thatamongſt the multitude of thoſe who in ſeve-
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            ral times have been eminent for new inven-
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            tions and ſtrange diſcoveries, there was none </s>
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