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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7563That the Moon may be a World. be conveyed ſo far, as there to be repreſented
unto us, at ſuch a diſtance.
But ’tis common-
ly related of Pythagor as, that he by writing
what he pleas'd in a Glaſs, by the reflexion of
the ſame Species, would make thoſe Letters to
appear in the Circle of the Moon, where they
ſhould be Legible by any other, who might
at that time be ſome Miles diſtant from him.
. Agrippa affirms this to be poſſible, 11Occulta.
Philoſ. l. I.
cap. 6.
the way of performing it not unknown to him-
ſelf, with ſome others in his time.
It may be
that Biſhop Goodwine did by the like means
perform thoſe ſtrange Concluſions, which he
profeſſes in his Nuncius inanimatus, where he
pretends, that he can inform his Friends of
what he pleaſes, though they be an hundred
Miles diſtant, forte etiam, vel milliare milleſi-
mum, (they are his own Words) and perhaps
a Thouſand, and all this in a little ſpace, quick-
er than the Sun can move.
Now, what conveyance there ſhould be, for
ſo ſpeedy a paſſage, I cannot conceive, unleſs
it be carried with the light, than which we
know not any thing quicker;
But of this only
by the way;
however, whether thoſe Ima-
ges can be repreſented ſo or not, yet certain it
is, thoſe ſpots are not ſuch Repreſentations.
Some think, that when God had at firſt Crea.
ted too much Earth, to make a perfect Globe,
not knowing well where to beſtow the reſt, he
placed it in the Moon, which ever ſince hath
ſo darkned it in ſome parts;
but the impiety
of this is ſufficient confutation, ſince it ſo much
detracts from the Divine Power and Wiſ-

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