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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            Or, how might any thing confirmed be,
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            For publick uſe, by its Antiquity?</s>
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            <note symbol="*" position="left" xlink:label="note-0184-01" xlink:href="note-0184-01a" xml:space="preserve"> Horæt.
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            lib. 2. ep. 1.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But for more full ſatisfaction of all thoſe
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            ſcruples that may ariſe from the ſeeming
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            Novelty or Singularity of this Opinion, I
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            ſhall propoſe theſe following conſiderations.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Suppoſe it were a Novelty: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Yet ’tis in
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            Philoſophy, and that is made up of nothing
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            elſe; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but receives addition from every days
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            experiment. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">True indeed, for Divinity we
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            have an infallible rule that do’s plainly in-
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            form us of all neceſſary Truths; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and there-
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            fore the Primitive Times are of greater Au-
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            thority, becauſe they were nearer to thoſe
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            holy Men who were the Pen-Men of Scrip-
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            ture. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But now for Philoſophy, there is no
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            ſuch reaſon: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Whatever the School-Men
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            may talk; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet Ariſtotle’s works are not
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            neceſſarily true, and he himſelf hath by ſuf-
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            ficient Arguments proved himſelf to be lia-
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            ble unto errour. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now in this caſe, if we
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            ſhould ſpeak properly, Antiquity does con-
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            ſiſt in the old age of the World, not in the
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            youth of it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">In ſuch Learning as may be in-
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            creaſed by freſh experiments and new diſ-
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            co eries: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis we are the Fathers, and of
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            more Authority than former Ages; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">becauſe
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            we have the advantage of more time than
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            they had, and Truth (we ſay) is the Daugh-
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            ter of Time. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">However, there is nothing
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            in this Opinion ſo Magiſterially propoſed,
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            but the Reader may uſe his own liberty;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and if all the reaſons conſidered together,</s>
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