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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140128That the Moon may be a World.& aerea lunæ, & gravidine usateriali terræ, &
conſimiliter de aliis ſtellarum regionibus, ſuſpican-
tes nullam habitationibus carere, quaſi tot ſint par-
tes particulares mundiales unius aniverſi, quot ſunt
ſtellæ quærum non eſt numerus, niſi apud eum qui
omnia in numero creavit.
‘We may conjecture (ſaith he) the Inhabi-
‘ tants of the Sun are like to the nature of that
‘ Planet, more clear and bright, more intel-
‘ lectual than thoſe in the Moon where they
‘ are nearer to the Nature of that duller Pla-
‘ net, and thoſe of the Earth being more groſs
and material than either, ſo that theſe Intelle-
‘ ctual Natures in the Sun, are more form than
‘ matter, thoſe in the Earth more matter than
‘ form, and thoſe in the Moon betwixt both.
‘ This we may gueſs from the fiery influence
‘ of the Sun, the watery and aerous influence
‘ of the Moon, as alſo the material Heavineſs
‘ of the Earth.
In ſome ſuch manner likewiſe
‘ is it with the Regions of the-other Stars;
‘ we conjecture that none of them are without
‘ Inhabitants, but that there are ſo many par-
‘ ticular Worlds and parts of this one Univerſe,
‘ as there are Stars, which are innumerable, un-
‘ leſs it be to him who Created all things in
‘ Number.
For he held that the Stars were not all in
one equal Orb as we commonly ſuppoſe;
that ſome were ſar higher than others, which
made them appear leſs;
and that many others
were ſo far above any of theſe, that they were
altogether inviſible unto us.
An Opinion which
(as I conceive) hath not any great probability
for it, nor certainty againſt it.

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