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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            you may ſee ſundry Diſcourſes more at large
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            in Ludovicus Molina, Euſebius Nirembergius,
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            with divers others. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Venerable Bede
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            thought the Planets to conſiſt of all the four
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            Elements; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and ’tis likely that the other parts
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            are of an Aerous Subſtance, as will be ſhewed
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            after wards; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">however, I cannot now ſtand to re-
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            cite the Arguments for either; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I have only
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            urged theſe Authorities to countervail Ariſtotle,
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            and the School-Men, and the better to make
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            way for a proof of their Corruptibility.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0040-02" xlink:href="note-0040-02a" xml:space="preserve">In Hexam.
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            lib. 4.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0040-03" xlink:href="note-0040-03a" xml:space="preserve">Enarrat. in
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            Geneſ. art.
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            EO.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0041-01" xlink:href="note-0041-01a" xml:space="preserve">In opere 6.
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            dierum.
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            diſput. 5.
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            In lib. de
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            Mundi
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            conſtit.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">The next thing then to be enquir'd after, is,
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            whether they be of a corruptible Nature, not
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            whether they can be deſtroyed of God; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for
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            this, Scripture puts out of doubt.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0041-02" xlink:href="note-0041-02a" xml:space="preserve">2 Pet. 3. 12</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Nor whether or no in a long time they
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            would wear away and grow worſe; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for from
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            any ſuch Fear they have been lately priviledg-
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            ed. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But whether they are capable of ſuch
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            changes and viciſſitudes, as this inferiour
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            World is lyable unto?</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0041-03" xlink:href="note-0041-03a" xml:space="preserve">By Doctor
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            Hakewell.
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            Ap. l. lib. 2.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">The two chief Opinions concerning this,
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            have both erred in ſome extremity, the one
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            ſide going ſo far from the other, that they
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            have both gone beyond the Right, whilſt
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            Ariſtotle hath oppos'd the Truth, as well as the
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            Stoicks.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Some of the Ancients have thought, that
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            the Heavenly Bodies have ſtood in need of
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            Nouriſhment from the Elements, by which
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            they were continually Fed, and ſo had divers
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            Alterations by reaſon of their Food?</s>
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            <note symbol="*" position="right" xlink:label="note-0041-04" xlink:href="note-0041-04a" xml:space="preserve">Plutarch
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            de plac.
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            philoſ. l. 2.
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            c. 17.
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            Nat. Hiſt.
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            l. 2. c. 9.
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            Nat. quæſt.
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            lib. 2. c. 5.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Fathered on Heraclitus, followed by that great
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            Naturaliſt Pliny,
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            and in general attributed toall the Stoicks. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">You may ſee Seneca expreſly</s>
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