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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          <head xml:space="preserve">The Epiſtle to the READER.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">IF amongſt thy leiſure hours, thou canſt
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            ſpare any for the pernſal of this diſcourſe,
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            and doſt look to find ſomewhat in it which
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            may ſerve for thy Information and Benefit:
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            <s xml:space="preserve">let me then adviſe thee to come unto it with
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            an equal Mind, not ſwayed by Prejudice, but
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            indifferently reſolved to Aſſent unto that
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            Truth which upon Deliberation ſhall ſeem
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            moſt probable unto thy Reaſon, and then I
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            doubt not, but either thon wilt agree with me
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            in this Aſſertion, or at leaſt not think it to
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            be as far from Truth, as it is from common
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Two Cautions there are which I would wil-
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            lingly Admoniſh thee of in the Beginning.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I. </s>
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            any Exact, Accurate Treatiſe, ſince this
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            Diſcourſe was but the Fruit of ſome Lighter
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            Studies, and thoſe too budled up in a ſhort
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            time, being firſt thought of, and finiſhed in
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            the ſpace of ſome few Weeks, and therefore
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            you cannot in Reaſon Expect, that it ſhould be
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            ſo poliſhed, as perhaps, the Subject would re-
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            quire, or the leiſure of the Author might have
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