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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            are noted in a Cæleſtial Globe, he ſhall ſcarce
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            find any in the Sky which are not marked
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            with the Globe; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">nay, he may obſerve many
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            in the Globe, which he can ſcarce at all diſ-
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            cern in the Heavens.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0221-01" xlink:href="note-0221-01a" xml:space="preserve">Sir F Bac.
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            Table of
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            Colours,
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            numb. 5.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Now this number of the Stars, is common-
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            ly diſtributed into 48 Conſtellations; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">in each
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            of which, though we ſhould ſuppoſe ten
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            thouſand Stars, (which can ſcarce be con-
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            ceived) yet would not all this number equal
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            that of the Children of Iſrael. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nay, 'tis
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            the aſſertion of Clavius, that Abraham's Po-
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            ſterity, in ſome few Generations, were far
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            more than there could be Stars in the Firma-
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            ment, though they ſtuck ſo cloſe that they
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            touched one another: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And he proves it thus;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">A great Circle in the Firmament, does con-
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            tain the diameter of a Star of the firſt Mag-
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            nitude 14960 times. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">In the Diameter of
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            the Firmament, there are contained 4760
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            Diameters of ſuch a Star: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now if we mul-
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            tiply this for a Diameter, the Product will
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            be 71209600, which is the full number of
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            Stars, that the eighth Sphere (according to
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            Ptolomy's grounds) would contain, if they
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            ſtood ſo cloſe that they touched one ano-
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            ther.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0222-01" xlink:href="note-0222-01a" xml:space="preserve">In prim. c.
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            Sphæræ.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">The Children of Iſrael were reckoned, at
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            their going out of Egypt, 603550, of ſuch
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            as were one and twenty Years old, and up-
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            wards, and were able to go to War; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">be-
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            ſides Children, and Women, and Youths,
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            and old Men, and the Levites; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which in
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            probability, did always treble the other num-</s>
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