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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            ſuch thing as a right Motion, whether of Aſ-
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            cent or Deſcent, in a ſtreight Line.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0310-01" xlink:href="note-0310-01a" xml:space="preserve">Object.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The moving of heavy or light
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            Bodies, may be conſidered in a double rela-
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            tion.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0311-01" xlink:href="note-0311-01a" xml:space="preserve">Sol.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">According to the ſpace wherein they
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            move, and then we grant their Motions not
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            to be ſimple, but mixed of a direct and cir-
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            cular.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">According to the Body or medium
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            wherein they move, and then they may pro-
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            perly be ſaid to have right motions, becauſe
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            they paſs through the medium in a ſtreight
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            Line; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and therefore it is, that unto us they
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            ſeem directly to aſcend or deſcend. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Ariſto-
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            tle himſelf would not deny, but that Fire
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            may aſcend in a ſtreight Line unto its Sphere,
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            and yet participate alſo of that Circular
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            Motion which he ſuppoſes to be communica-
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            ted from the Heavens, unto the upper part
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            of the Air, and its own Region. </s>
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            wiſe muſt it be for the deſcent of any thing.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Suppoſe a Ship in its ſwifteſt motion, and a
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            Man in it, having ſome Veſſel filled with Wa-
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            ter, ſhould let fall into it a little Ball of
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            Wax, or ſome other matter which may be
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            ſlow in its ſinking, ſo that in one minute it
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            ſhould ſcarce deſcend the ſpace of a Cubit,
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            though the Ship (it may be) in the ſame
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            time may paſs at leaſt a hundred Cubits; </s>
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            yet would this ſtill ſeem unto the eye to de-
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            ſcend in a ſtreight Line; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and the other mo-
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            tion, which is communicated unto it by the
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            Ship, would not at all be diſcernable to it.</s>
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