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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[1. None]
[2. Ex Libris James S. Dearden Rampside]
[3. A DISCOVERY OF A New , OR,]
[4. In Two Parts.]
[5. The Fifth Edition Corrected and Amended. LONDON,]
[6. The Epiſtle to the READER.]
[7. The Propoſitions that are proved in this Diſcourſe. PROPOSITION I.]
[8. PROP. II.]
[9. PROP. III.]
[10. PROP. IV.]
[11. PROP. V.]
[12. PROP. VI.]
[13. PROP. VII.]
[14. PROP. VIII.]
[15. PROP. IX.]
[16. PROP. X.]
[17. PROP. XI.]
[18. PROP. XII.]
[19. PROP. XIII.]
[20. PROP. XIV.]
[21. The Firſt Book. That the MOON May be a WORLD. The Firſt Propoſition, by way of Preface.]
[22. Sed vanus ſtolidis hæc omnia finxerit Error.]
[23. Solis lunæq; labores.]
[24. Cum fruſtra reſonant æra auxiliaria Lunæ.]
[25. Una laboranti poterit ſuccerrere Lunæ.]
[26. Gantus & è cælo poſſunt deducere Lunam.]
[27. Cantus & ſi curru lunam deducere tentant, Et facerent, ſi non æra repulſa ſonant.]
[28. PROP. II. That a Plurality of Worlds doth not contradict any Principle of Reaſon or Faith.]
[29. Æſtuas infelix auguſto limite mundi.]
[30. PROP. III. That the Heavens do not conſiſt of any ſuch pure Matter, which can priviledge them from the like Change and Corruption, as theſe Inferiour, Bodies are liable unto.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
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            that ſhines upon them, muſt ſeem as Bright to
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            thoſe in the Moon, as if the beams were Im-
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            mediately Reflected from our Earth.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">When theſe Clouds that are Interpoſed,
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            are of any large Extention or great Opacity,
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            as it is in extraordinary laſting and great Rains,
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            then there muſt be ſome diſcernable alterati-
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            ons in the Light of our Earth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But yet this
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            does not make it to differ from the Moon;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſince it is ſo alſo with that Planet, as is ſhew-
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            ed in the latter part of the next Chapter.</s>
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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. XII.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">That’tis probable there may be ſuch Meteors belong-
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            # ing to that World in the Moon, as there are
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            # with us.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">PLutarch Diſcuſſing this Point, Affirms, that
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            it is not neceſſary there ſhould bethe ſame
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            means of Growth and fructifying in both theſe
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            Worlds, ſince Nature might in her Policy find
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            out more ways than one, how to bring about
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            the ſame Effect. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But however, he thinks it is
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            Probable, that the Moon her ſelf ſendeth forth
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            warm Winds, and by the ſwiftneſs of her mo-
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            tion, there ſhould breath out a ſweet and com-
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            fortable Air, pleaſant Dews, and gentle moi-
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            ſture, which might ſerve for refreſhment and
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            nouriſhment of the Inhabitants and Plants in
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            that other World.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But ſince they have all things alike with
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            us, as Sea and Land, and vaporous Air en-
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            compaſſing both, I ſhould rather therefore
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            think, that Nature there ſhould uſe the ſame</s>
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