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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The Epiſtle to the Reader.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To remember that I promiſe only pro-
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            bable Arguments for the Proof of this Opini-
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            on, and therefore you muſt not look that every
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            Conſequence ſhould be of an undeniable De-
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            pendance, or that the Truth of each Argu-
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            ment ſhould be Meaſured by its Neceſſity. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I
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            grant, that ſome Aſtronomical Appearances
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            may poſſibly be ſolved otherwiſe than here
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            they are. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But the thing I aim at is this,
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            that probably they may be ſo Solved, as I
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            have here ſet them down: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Which, if it be
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            granted ( as I think it muſt) then I doubt
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            not, but the indifferent Reader will find
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            ſome Satisfaction in the main thing that is
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            to be Proved.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Many Ancient Philoſophers of the better
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            Note, have formerly defended this Aſſertion,
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            which I have here laid down; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and it were
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            to be wiſhed, that ſome of us would more ap-
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            ply our Endeavors unto the Examination of
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            theſe Old Opinions, which though they have
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            for a long time lain neglected by others, yet
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            in them may you find many Truths well wor-
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            thy your Pains and Obſervation. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis a
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            falſe Conceit for us to think, that amongſt the
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            Ancient Variety and ſearch of Opinions, the beſt
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            hath ſtill prevailed. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Time (ſaith the Lear-
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            ned Verulam) ſeems to be of the Nature of
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            a River or Stream, which carrieth down to
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            us that which is Light or blown up, but ſink-</s>
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