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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            rical part of Aſtronomy, you may ſee more
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            fully ſet down by thoſe who have purpoſely
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            handled this Subject, Copernicus, Rheticus,
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            Galilæus; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but more eſpecially Keplar, unto
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            whom I do acknowledg my ſelf indebted for
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            ſundry Particulars in this Diſcourſe.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I have done with that which was the chief
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            purpoſe of the preſent Treatiſe; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">namely,
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            the removal of thoſe common Prejudices
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            that Men uſually entertain againſt this Opi-
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            nion. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It remains, that by way of Conclu-
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            ſion, I endeavour to ſtir up others unto theſe
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            kind of Studies, which by moſt Men are
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            ſo much neglected.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis the moſt rational way, in the proſe-
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            cution of ſeveral Objects, to proportion
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            our love and endeavour after every thing,
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            according to the excellency and deſireable-
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            neſs of it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But now, amongſt all Earthly
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            Contentments, there is nothing either bet-
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            ter in it ſelf, or more convenient for us, than
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            this kind of Learning; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and that, whether
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            you conſider it according to its general Na-
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            ture, as a Science; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or according to its more
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            ſpecial Nature, as ſuch a Science.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Conſider it as a Science. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Certain it is,
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            that amongſt the variety of Objects, thoſe
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            are more eligible, which conduce unto the
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            welfare of that which is our beſt part, our
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            Souls. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis not ſo much the pleaſing of
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            our Senſes, or the increaſing of our For-
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            tunes, that does deſerve our induſtry, as
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            the information of our Judgments, the im-
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            provement of our Knowledg. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Whatever</s>
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