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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            Light Body upwards, what a hudling and con-
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            fuſion muſt there be, if there were two pla-
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            ces for Gravity, and two places for Lightneſs:
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            <s xml:space="preserve">for it is probable that the Earth of that other
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            World would fall down to this Centre, and ſo
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            mutually the Air and Fire here aſcend to thoſe
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            Regions in the other, which muſt needs much
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            derogate from the Providence of Nature, and
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            cauſe a great diſorder in his Works. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But ratio
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            bæc eſt minimè firma, (ſaith Zancby.) </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And if
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            you well confider the nature of Gravity, you
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            will plainly ſee there is no ground to fear any
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            ſuch Confuſion; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for Heavineſs is nothing elſe
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            but ſuch a quality as cauſes a Propenſion in its
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            Subject to tend downwards towards its own
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            Centre; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo that for ſome of that Earth to
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            come hither, would not be ſaid a Fall, but
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            an Aſcenſion, ſince it moved from its own
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            place; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and this would be impoſſible (ſaith Ru-
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            vio) becauſe againſt Nature, and therefore
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            no more to be feared, than the falling of the
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            Heavens.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0026-01" xlink:href="note-0026-01a" xml:space="preserve">Ibid.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0027-01" xlink:href="note-0027-01a" xml:space="preserve">De operibus
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            Dei. part 2.
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            lib 2. cap. 2</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0027-02" xlink:href="note-0027-02a" xml:space="preserve">De Cœle. 1.
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            I. c. 9. 9.1.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">If you reply, that then according to this
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            there muſt be more Centres of Gravity than
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            one; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer, ’Tis very probable there are,
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            nor can we well Conceive what any piece of
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            the Moon would do, being ſever'd from the
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            reſt in the free and open Air, but only return
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            unto it again.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Another Argument he had from his Maſter
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            Plato, that there is but one World, becauſe
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            there is but one firſt Mover, God.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0027-03" xlink:href="note-0027-03a" xml:space="preserve">Metaphyſ.
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            l. 12. c. 1.
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            Diog. Laer.
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            lib. 2.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Infirma etiam eſt bæc ratio (ſaith Zancby) and
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            we muſt juſtly deny the Conſequence, ſince a
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            Plurality of Worlds doth not take away the</s>
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