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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            particulars as never fell under their Examinati-
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            on and Diſpute.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0038-02" xlink:href="note-0038-02a" xml:space="preserve">Comment.
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            in Gen.
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            Qu, 19.
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            Art. 2.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I have now in ſome Meaſure, ſhewed that
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            a Plurality of Worlds does not contradict any
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            Principle of Reaſon, or place of Scripture,
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            and ſo clear'd the firſt part of that Suppoſition
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            which is imply'd in the Opinion.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">It may next be enquir'd, whether ’tis poſſi-
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            ble there may be a Globe of Elements in that
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            which we call the Æthereal parts of the Uni-
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            verſe; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for if this (as it is according to the
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            common Opinion) be priviledged from any
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            Change or Corruption, it will be in vain then
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            to imagin any Element there; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and if we would
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            have another World, we muſt then ſeek out
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            ſome other place for its Scituation. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The third
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            Propoſition therefore ſhall be this,</s>
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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. III.</head>
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">That the Heavens do not conſiſt of any ſuch pure
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          Matter, which can priviledge them from the
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          like Change and Corruption, as theſe Inferiour,
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          Bodies are liable unto.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">IT hath been often queſtioned amongſt the
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            Ancient Fathers and Philoſophers, what
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            kind of matter that ſhould be, of which the
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            Heavens are Fram'd. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Some think they conſiſt
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            of a Fifth Subſtance, diſtinct from the Four
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            Elements, as Ariſtotle holds, and with him
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            ſome of the late School-Men, whoſe ſubtile
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            Brains could not be content to Attribute to
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            thoſe vaſt Glorious Bodies but common Mate-
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            rials, and therefore they themſelves had ra-</s>
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