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 Earth may be a Planet.
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            ted for ſhifts, and without any probable
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            ground.</s>
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            <note symbol="*" position="right" xlink:label="note-0335-01" xlink:href="note-0335-01a" xml:space="preserve">Antariſt.
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            cap 16.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But now, this appearance of the Comets
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            may eaſily be reſolved, if we ſuppoſe the
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            Earth to move. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For then, though they did
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            ſtill remain in their wonted places; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet this,
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            by its Diurnal Revolution, ſucceſſively with-
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            drawing it ſelf from them, they will appear
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            to riſe and ſet. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And therefore, according
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            to this common natural Experiment, it is
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            more probable that the Earth ſhould move,
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            than the Heavens.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Another Argument urged by ſome, to
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            prove that this Globe of Earth is eaſily
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            movable, is taken from the Opinion of thoſe
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            who affirm, that the acceſs of any Weight
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            unto a new place, as ſuppoſe an Army, does
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            make the Earth poiſe it ſelf afreſh, and
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            change the Centre of Gravity that it had be-
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            fore; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but this is not generally granted, and
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            therefore not to be inſiſted on as a common
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            ground.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0336-01" xlink:href="note-0336-01a" xml:space="preserve">Vid. Vaſq.
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            l. 1. diſp. 2.
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            eap. 816.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">To this purpoſe likewiſe is that Inference
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            of Lansbergius, who from Archimedes his
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            ſaying, that he could move the Earth, if he
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            knew where to ſtand and faſten his Inſtru-
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            ment; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">concludes, that the Earth is eaſily
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            movable: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whereas it was the intent of Ar-
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            chimedes, in that Speech, to ſhew the infi-
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            nite power of Engines; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">there being no
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            Weight ſo great, but that an Inſtrument
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            might be invented to move it.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Before we finiſh this Chapter, ’tis requi-
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            ſite that we enquire what kind of Faculty</s>
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