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untoward planet pertinaciously continued her course, not withstanding that she had reason, philosophy, and a whole university of learned professors opposed to her conduct.  The philosophers took this in very ill part, and it is thought they would never have pardoned the slight and affront which they conceived put upon them by the world had not a good-natured professor kindly officiated as a mediator between the parties, and effected a reconciliation.

Finding the world would not accommodate itself to the theory, he wisely determined to accommodate the theory to the world; he therefore informed his brother philosophers that the circular motion of the earth round the sun was no sooner engendered by the conflicting impulses above described than it became a regular revolution independent of the cause which gave it origin.  His learned brethren readily joined in the opinion, being heartily glad of any explanation that would decently extricate them from their embarrassment; and ever since that memorable era the world has been left to take her own course, and to revolve around the sun in such orbit as she thinks proper.


    [2] Faria y Souza:  Mick.  Lus. note b. 7.

    [3] Sir W. Jones, Diss.  Antiq.  Ind.  Zod.

    [4] MSS.  Bibliot.  Roi.  Fr.

    [5] Plutarch de Plac.  Philos. lib. ii. cap. 20

    [6] Achill.  Tat. isag. cap. 19; Ap.  Petav. t. iii. p. 81; Stob. 
        Eclog.  Phys. lib. i. p. 56; Plut. de Plac.  Philos.

    [7] Diogenes Laertius in Anaxag. 1. ii. sec. 8; Plat Apol. t. i.
        p. 26; Plut. de Plac.  Philos; Xenoph.  Mem. 1. iv. p. 815.

    [8] Aristot.  Meteor. 1. ii. c. 2; Idem.  Probl. sec. 15; Stob. 
        Ecl.  Phys. 1. i. p. 55; Bruck.  Hist.  Phil, t. i. p. 1154, etc.

    [9] Philos.  Trans. 1795, p. 72; Idem. 1801, p. 265; Nich.  Philos. 
        Journ. i. p. 13.


Having thus briefly introduced my reader to the world, and given him some idea of its form and situation, he will naturally be curious to know from whence it came, and how it was created.  And, indeed, the clearing up of these points is absolutely essential to my history, inasmuch as if this world had not been formed, it is more than probable that this renowned island, on which is situated the city of New York, would never have had an existence.  The regular course of my history, therefore, requires that I should proceed to notice the cosmogony or formation of this our globe.

And now I give my readers fair warning that I am about to plunge, for a chapter or two, into as complete a labyrinth as ever historian was perplexed withal; therefore, I advise them to take fast hold of my skirts, and keep close at my heels, venturing neither to the right hand nor to the left, lest they get bemired in a slough of unintelligible learning, or have their brains knocked out by some of those hard Greek names which will be flying about in all directions.  But should any of them be too indolent or chicken-hearted to accompany me in this perilous undertaking, they had better take a short cut round, and wait for me at the beginning of some smoother chapter.

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