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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            1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Though the inſtance of a Ship, may
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            ſerve as a proof for this opinion, it being
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            an Argument, a minori ad majus, from an ac-
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            cidental Motion, to a natural; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet it will
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            not ſerve againſt it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For though it were
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            not thus in accidental Motions, yet this
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            would not hinder but that it might be ſo in
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            thoſe that are ſuppoſed to be proper and
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            natural.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As for that Experiment it ſelf, ’tis but
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            a groundleſs imagination, and was never
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            yet conſirmed by any particular Experience,
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            becauſe ’tis certain the Event would be clean
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            otherwiſe, as ſhall be proved in the third
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            way of anſwering.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The third and laſt way of clearing the
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            Doubts in the ſixth Argument, is, by ſhew-
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            ing the like participation of motion, in thoſe
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            things that are in the open parts of a Ship.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">To which purpoſe G allilæus urges thìs Ex-
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            periment: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">If any one ſhould let fall a Stone
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            from an high Maſt, he would find, Lapidem
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            in eunde in ſemper Navis locum decidere, ſeu
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            conſiſtat illa, ſeu quantacunque velocitate movea-
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            tur: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">That the Stone would always deſcend
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            unto the very ſame place, whether or no
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            the Ship did move or ſtand ſtill. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Rea-
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            ſon of which is, becauſe the Motion of the
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            Ship is likewiſe impreſſed in the Stone: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which
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            Impreſſion is not equally prevalent in a light
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            Body, as a Feather, or Wool; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">becauſe the
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            Air, which has power over them, is not
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            carried along by the ſame motion of the
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            Ship. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus likewiſe will it be in this other</s>
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