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">Arg. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">4. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The laſt and chief Argument, is
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            taken from the appearance of the Stars;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">which in every Horizon, at each hour of
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            the Night, and at all times of the Year,
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            ſeem of an equal bigneſs. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now this could
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            not be, if our Earth were ſometimes nearer
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            unto them by 2000000 German miles,
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            which is granted to be the Diameter of
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            that Orb, wherein the Earth is ſuppoſed to
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            move.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0269-01" xlink:href="note-0269-01a" xml:space="preserve">Ariſt. de
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            Cælo. l. 2.
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            c. 14.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This Conſequence will not
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            hold, if we affirm the Earth's Orb not to
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            be big enough for the making of any ſenſi-
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            ble difference in the appearance of the fixed
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            Stars.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0269-02" xlink:href="note-0269-02a" xml:space="preserve">Copern.
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            l.1.c.5,6.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Yea, but (you will ſay) ’tis beyond con-
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            ceit, and without all reaſon, to think the
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            fixed Stars of ſo vaſt a diſtance from us, that
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            our approaching nearer unto them by
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            2000000 German miles, cannot make any
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            difference in the ſeeming quantity of their
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            Bodies.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I reply: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">There is no certain way to find
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            out the exact diſtance of the ſtarry Firma-
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            ment: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But we are fain to conclude of it by
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            Conjectures, according as ſeveral Reaſons
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            and Obſervations ſeem moſt likely unto the
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            Fancies of divers Men. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now that this Opi-
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            nion of Copernicus does not make it too big,
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            may be diſcerned from theſe following Con-
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            iderations.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">The words, great and little, are relative
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            tearms, and do import a compariſon to
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            ſomething elſe: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that where the Firma-</s>
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