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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            than others; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2578" xml:space="preserve">ſince Ariſtotle himſelf, and Pli-
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            ny did deny this as well as they.</s>
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          <p>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2580" xml:space="preserve">I anſwer:</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s2582" xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2583" xml:space="preserve">If they did, yet this do’s make more
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            to the preſent purpoſe: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2584" xml:space="preserve">For if ſuch great
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            Scholars, who were ſo eminent for their
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            knowledge in natural things, might yet not-
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            withſtanding be groſly miſtaken in ſuch
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            matters as are now evident and certain:
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            </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2585" xml:space="preserve">Why then we have no reaſon to depend
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            upon their aſſertions or Authorities, as if
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            they were infallible.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s2587" xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2588" xml:space="preserve">Though theſe great Naturaliſts, for
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            want of ſome experience were miſtaken in
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            that Opinion, whileſt they thought no place
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            was habitable but the temperate Zones; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2589" xml:space="preserve">yet
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            it cannot be from hence inferred, that they
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            denied the poſſibility of Antipodes: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2590" xml:space="preserve">Since theſe
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            are ſuch Inhabitants as live oppoſite unto us
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            in the other temperate Zone; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2591" xml:space="preserve">and ’twere an
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            abſurd thing to imagin that thoſe who lived
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            in different Zones, can be Antipodes to one a-
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            nother; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2592" xml:space="preserve">and argues that a Man did not un-
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            derſtand, or elſe had forgotten that common
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            diſtinction in Geography, wherein the relation
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            of the Worlds Inhabitants unto one another,
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            are reckoned up under theſe three heads; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2593" xml:space="preserve">An-
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            tæci, Periæci, and Antipodes. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2594" xml:space="preserve">But to let this
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            paſs:</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2595" xml:space="preserve">’tis certain, that ſome of the Fathers did
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            deny the being of any ſuch, upon other more
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            abſurd grounds. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2596" xml:space="preserve">Now if ſuch as Chryfoſtom,
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            Lactantius, &</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2597" xml:space="preserve">c. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2598" xml:space="preserve">who were noted for great
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            Scholars, and ſuch too as flouriſhed in theſe
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            latter times, when all human Learning </s>
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