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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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The proportion of the Diameter to
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            the Circumference, is not exactly the ſame
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            as ſeven to two and twenty, but rather leſs.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer, Though it be, yet ’tis nearer un-
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            to that, than any other number.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-01" xlink:href="note-0224-01a" xml:space="preserve">Roff. Ibid.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Scripture does but according to its
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            uſual cuſtom, ſuppreſs the leſs number, and
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            mention only that which is bigger and more
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            full. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So in ſome
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            places, Abraham’s Po-
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            ſterity is ſaid to remain in the Land of
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            Egypt for four hundred Years; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">when as not-
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            withſtanding
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            other Scriptures tell us, that
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            they tarried there thirty Years longer. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus
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            likewiſe in one
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            place, the number of Ja-cob’s Houſe, who came into Egypt, is rec-
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            koned to be ſeventy; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whereas
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            elſewhere,
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            they are ſaid to be ſeventy five.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-02" xlink:href="note-0224-02a" xml:space="preserve">Ibid.</note>
            <note symbol="*" position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-03" xlink:href="note-0224-03a" xml:space="preserve">Gen. 15.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-04" xlink:href="note-0224-04a" xml:space="preserve">13.
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            Acts 7. 6.</note>
            <note symbol="" position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-05" xlink:href="note-0224-05a" xml:space="preserve">Exod. 12.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-06" xlink:href="note-0224-06a" xml:space="preserve">41.
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            Gal. 3. 17.</note>
            <note symbol="*" position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-07" xlink:href="note-0224-07a" xml:space="preserve">Gen. 46.
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            27.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-08" xlink:href="note-0224-08a" xml:space="preserve">† Act. 7. 4</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">All this is ſo ſar from deſtroy-
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            ing the force of the preſent Argument, that
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            it does rather confirm it, and more clearly
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            evidence unto us, that the Scripture does
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            not only, not ſpeak exactly in theſe ſubtil
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            and more ſecret Points of Philoſophy, but
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            alſo, in the ordinary obvious numbring of
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            things, does conform unto common cuſtom,
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            and often uſe the round number for the
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            whole.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">4. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis yet objected by
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            another Adver-
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            ſary, That we have no reaſon to expect, the
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            Holy Ghoſt ſhould reveal unto us this Se-
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            cret in Nature, becauſe neither Archimedes,
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            nor any other, had then found it out. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I
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            reply, and why then ſhould we think that the
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            Scripture muſt needs inform us of the Earths</s>
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