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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            ſhould have Trave@ed thither alſo, if there had
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            been any Inhabitants; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">eſpecially ſince he did ex-
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            preſly command them to go & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Teach all Nations,
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            and Preach the Goſpel through the whole World,
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            and therefore he thinks, that as there are no
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            Men, ſo neither are there Seas, or Rivers, or any
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            other conveniency for Habitation. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis com-
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            monly related of one Virgliius, that he was Ex-
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            communicated and Condemned for a Heretick
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            by Zachary Biſhop of Rome, becauſe he was
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            not of the ſame Opinion. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But Baronius ſays,
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            becauſe he thought there was another habita-
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            ble World within ours. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">However, you may
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            well enough diſcern in theſe examples, how
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            confident many of theſe great Scholars were
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            in ſo groſs an Error, how unlikely, what in-
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            credible thing it ſeemed to them, that there
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            ſhould be any Antipodes: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and yet now this
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            Truth is as certain and plain, as Senſe or De-
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            monſtration can make it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This then which I
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            now deliver, is not to be rejected, though it
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            may ſeem to contradict the common Opinion.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0018-03" xlink:href="note-0018-03a" xml:space="preserve">Coment. in
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            1. Cap. Gen.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0018-04" xlink:href="note-0018-04a" xml:space="preserve">Pſal. 24. 2.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0018-05" xlink:href="note-0018-05a" xml:space="preserve">Comment, in
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            1. Geniſ.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0018-06" xlink:href="note-0018-06a" xml:space="preserve">1 Tim. 2. 4.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0019-01" xlink:href="note-0019-01a" xml:space="preserve">Mat. 28. 16.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0019-02" xlink:href="note-0019-02a" xml:space="preserve">Aventinus
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            Annal Boi-
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            orum lib. 3</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0019-03" xlink:href="note-0019-03a" xml:space="preserve">Annal Ec-
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            cleſ. A. D.
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            748.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Groſs abſurdities have been entertained
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            by general conſent. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I might Inſtance in many
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            remarkable examples, but I will only ſpeak
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            of the ſuppoſed Labour of the Moon in her
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            Eclipſes, becauſe this is neareſt to the chieſ
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            matter in hand, and was received as a common
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            Opinion amongſt many of the Antients, inſo-
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            much that from hence they ſtiled the Eclipſes
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            by the name of πὰθη Paſſions, or in the Phraſe
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            of the Poets</s>
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          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">Solis lunæq; labores.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">And therefore Plutarch ſpeaking of a Lunary</s>
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