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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            Heavens be of one Thickneſs, and the Element
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            of Fire another, and the upper Region of Air
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            diſtinct from both theſe, and the Lower Re-
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            gion ſeveral from all the reſt, there would
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            then be ſuch a Multiplicity of Refractions, as
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            muſt neceſſarily deſtroy the Certainty of all
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            Aſtronomical Obſervations. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">All which In-
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            conveniences might be avoided, by ſuppoſing
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            (as we do) that there is only one Orb of Va-
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            porous Air which encompaſſes our Earth, all
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            the reſt being Æthereal, and of the ſame per-
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            ſpicuity.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Scituation of this Element does no
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            way agree with Ariſtotle's own Principles ;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">or that common Providence of Nature, which
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            we may diſcern in ordinary Matters. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For if
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            the Heavens be without all Elementary Qua-
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            lities, as is uſually ſuppoſed, then it would be
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            a very incongruous thing for the Element of
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            Fire to be placed immediately next unto it: </s>
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            Since the Heat of this is the moſt Powerful
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            and Vigorous Quality that is amongſt all the
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            reſt ; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And Nature in her other Works, does
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            not join Extreams, but by ſomething of a mid-
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            dle Diſpoſition. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So in every Frame of our
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            Bodies, the Bones which are of a hard Sub-
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            ſtance, and the Fleſh of a ſoft, are not joined
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            together but by the Interceſſion of Membranes
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            and Griſſels, ſuch as being of a middle Na-
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            ture may fitly come betwixt.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis not conceivable for what Uſe or Be-
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            nefit there ſhould be any ſuch Elements in that
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            Place, and certain it is, that Nature does not
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            do any thing in Vain.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">4. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Betwixt two Extreams there can be but
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