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 Eartb may be a Planet.
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            cellent Body, and the Centre is the beſt
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            place; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">therefore ’tis likely the Sun is in the
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            Centre. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">In the Frame of Nature (which
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            is ſuppoſed to be of an orbicular Form) there
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            are but two places of any eminency, the
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            Circumference and the Centre. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Cir-
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            cumference being of ſo wide a capacity, can-
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            not ſo fitly be the peculiar Seat of a Body,
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            that is ſo little in reſpect of it: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And beſides,
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            that which is the moſt excellent part of the
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            World, ſhould be equally preſerved in it
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            ſelf, and ſhared in its Vertues by all the
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            other parts, which can only be done, by its
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            being placed in the midſt of them. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This is
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            intimated unto us, in that frequent Speech
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            of Plato, that the Soul of the World does
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            reſide in the innermoſt place of it: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And
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            that in
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            Macrobius, who often compares the
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            Sun in the World, to the Heart in a living
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            Creature.</s>
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            <note symbol="*" position="right" xlink:label="note-0281-01" xlink:href="note-0281-01a" xml:space="preserve">De Cælo,
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            l.2.c.13.</note>
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            nal. lib. I.
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            c.17, &c.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto this Ariſtotle anſwers by a diſtincti-
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            on: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">There is medium magnitudinis, ſo the
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            Centre is in the middle of the Sphere: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And
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            there is medium naturæ, or informationis, which
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            is not always the ſame with the other; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for
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            in this ſenſe the Heart is in the middle of a
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            Man; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">becauſe from thence (ſaith he) as
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            from the Centre, the vital Spirits are con-
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            veyed to all the Members: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and yet we
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            know that it is not the Centre of Magni-
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            tude, or at an equal diſtance from all the
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            other parts.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">And beſides, the middle is the worſt place,
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            becauſe moſt circumſcribed, ſince that is</s>
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