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 Moon may be a World.
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            is in ſome part of the World ſuch a place
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            where Men might be plentifully nouriſh’d by
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            the Air they breath; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which cannot more pro-
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            perly be aſſign’d to any one particular, than to
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            the Æthereal Air above this.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I know ’tis the common Opinion, that no
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            Element can prove Aliment, becauſe ’tis not
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            proportionate to the Bodies of living Crea-
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            tures which are compounded. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But,</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0162-01" xlink:href="note-0162-01a" xml:space="preserve">Arriſt. de
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            Senſ. cap. 5.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This Æthereal Air is not an Element’; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            tho’ it be purer, yet ’tis perhaps of a greater
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            agreabieneſs to man’s Nature and Conſtitution.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">If we conſult experience and the credible
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            Relations of others, we ſhall find it probable
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            enough that many things receive Nouriſhment
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            from meer Elements.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Firſt, for the Earth; </s>
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            Ariſtotle and
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            Pliny,
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            thoſe two great Naturaliſts, tell us of ſome
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            Creatures that are fed only with this. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And it
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            was the Curſe of the Serpent, Gen. </s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">14. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Up-
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            on thy body ſhalt thou go, and duſt ſhalt thou eat all
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            the days of thy life.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0162-02" xlink:href="note-0162-02a" xml:space="preserve">The Earth</note>
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            Anima.
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            lib. 8. cap. 5.</note>
            <note symbol="*" position="left" xlink:label="note-0162-04" xlink:href="note-0162-04a" xml:space="preserve">Hiſt. l. 10.
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            cap. 72.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">So likewiſe for the Water. </s>
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            Albertu Mag-nus ſpeaks of a man who lived ſeven Weeks
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            together by the meer Drinking of water. </s>
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            Rondoletius (to whoſe diligence theſe later
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            times are much beholden for ſundry Obſerva-
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            tions concerning the Nature of Aquatils) af-
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            firms, that his Wife did keep a Fiſh in a Glaſs
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            of water, without any other Food, for three
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            Years; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">in which ſpace it was conſtantly aug-
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            mented, till at firſt it could not come out of
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            the place at which it was put in, and at length
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            was too big for the Glaſs it ſelf, though that
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            were of a large capacity. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Gardan tells us of ſome</s>
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