Plus Ultra: Or, the Progress and Advancement of Knowledge since the Days of Aristotle (1668)

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CHAP. IX. The Credit of Optick-Glasses vindicated, against A Disputing Man, who is afraid to believe his Eyes against Aristotle.

Thus, Sir, I have performed the first part of my promise, by shewing what Advantages the latter Ages, and particularly the ROYAL SOCIETY, have to deep search into things both by ARTS and INSTRUMENTS newly invented or improved, above those enjoy'd by Aristotle and the Ancients.

To my Discurse about the Dioptrick Tubes, the Telescope and Microscope, the Reberend Disputer replied, [That our Glaffes were all seceitful and fallacious.] Which Answer minds me of the good woman, who when her Husband urged in an occasion of difference, [I saw it, and shall I not believe my own Eyes?] Replied briskly, will you believe your own Eyes, before your own Dear wife? And it

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