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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            on; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4946" xml:space="preserve">becauſe Matter is of it ſelf a dull and
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            ſluggiſh thing; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4947" xml:space="preserve">and by ſo much the more, as
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            it is kept cloſe and condenſed together.
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s4948" xml:space="preserve">And though the followers of Ptolomy, do
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            with much confidence deny the Heavens to
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            be capable of any reluctancy to motion; </s>
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            yet it were eaſy to prove the contraby, out
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            of their own Principles. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4950" xml:space="preserve">’Tis not conceiv-
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            able, how the upper Sphere ſhould move
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            the nether, unleſs their Superficies were full
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            of rugged parts, ( which they deny:) </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4951" xml:space="preserve">or
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            elſe one of the Orbs muſt lean upon the o-
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            ther with its weight, and ſo makeit partake
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            of its own Motion. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4952" xml:space="preserve">And beſides, they tell us,
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            that the farther any Sphere is diſtant from
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            the Primum Mobile, the leſs is it hindred by
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            that in its proper courſe, and the ſooner
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            does it ſiniſh its own Revolution. </s>
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            whence it will eaſily follow, that theſe Bo-
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            dies have reſiſtancy from one another.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s4955" xml:space="preserve">I have often wondred, why amongſt the
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            inchanted Buildings of the Poets, they have
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            not fained any Caſtle to be made of the ſame
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            Materials with the ſolid Orbs, ſince in ſuch a
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            Fabrick, there would have been theſe emi-
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            nent Conveniences.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s4957" xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4958" xml:space="preserve">It muſt needs be very pleaſant, by rea-
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            ſon of its perſpicuity, becauſe it is more
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            diaphanous than the Air it ſelf, and ſo the
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            Walls of it could not hinder the proſpect
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            any way.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s4960" xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4961" xml:space="preserve">Being ſo ſolid and impenitrable, it
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            muſt needs be excellent againſt all violence
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            of Weathers, as alſo againſt the aſſaults </s>
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