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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            Unity of the firſt Mover. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Ut enim forma ſub-
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            ſtantialis, ſic primum efficiens apparentem ſolum
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            modo multiplicitatum induit per ſignatum mate-
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            riam (ſaith a Country-Man of ours.) </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As the
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            ſubſtantial form, ſo the efficient cauſe hath on-
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            ly an appearing Multiplicity from its particu-
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            lar Matter. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">You may ſee this point more
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            largely handled, and theſe Arguments more
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            fully anſwered by Plutarch in his Book (why
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            Oracles are ſilent) and Jacob Garpentarius in
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            his Comment on Alcinous.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0028-01" xlink:href="note-0028-01a" xml:space="preserve">Nic. Hill. de
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            Philoſopb.
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            Epic. par-
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            tic. 379.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But our Oppoſites, the Interpreters them-
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            ſelves (who too often do jurare in verba ma-
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            giſtri) will grant that there is not any Strength
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            in theſe Conſequences, and certainly then ſuch
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            weak Arguments could not convince that wiſe
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            Philoſopher, who in his other Opinions was
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            wont to be ſwayed by the Strength and Pow-
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            er of Reaſon: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">wherefore I ſhould rather think
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            that he had ſome by-reſpect, which made him
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            firſt aſſent unto this Opinion, and afterwards
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            ſtrive to prove it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Perhaps it was becauſe he
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            feared to diſpleaſe his Scholar Alexander, of
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            whom ’tis related that he wept to hear a Diſ-
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            putation of another World, ſince he had not
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            then attained the Monarchy of this; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">his reſt-
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            leſs wide Heart would have eſteemed this
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            Globe of Earth not big enough for him, if
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            there had been another, which made the Sa-
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            tyriſt ſay of him,</s>
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            de tranq.
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            onim.</note>
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          <note position="left" xml:space="preserve">Juvenal.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">‘That he did Vex himſelf, and ſweat in his
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            ‘deſires, as being Pend up in a narrow Room,
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            ‘when he was Confin'd but to one World.</s>
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