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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[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.
[31.] Necnon Oceano paſci phæbumque polumq; Gredimus.
[32.] PROP. IV. That the Moon is a Solid, Compacted, Opacous Body.
[33.] PROP. V. That the Moon hath not any Light of her own.
[34.] PROP. VI. That there is a World in the Moon, bath been the direct Opinion of many Ancient, with ſome Modern Mathematicians, and may probably de deduc’d from the Tenents of others.
[35.] PROP. VII. That thoſe Spots and brighter parts, which by our ſight may be diſtinguiſhed in the Moon, do ſhew the difference betwixt the Sea and Land, in that other World.
[36.] PROP. VIII. The Spots repeſent the Sea, and the brighter parts the Land.
[37.] PROP. IX. That there are high Mountains, deep Vallies, and ſpacious Plains in the Body of the Moon.
[38.] PROP. X. That there is an Atmo-ſphæra, or an Orb of groſs, Vaporous Air, immediately encompaſſing the body of the Moon.
[39.] PROP. XI. That as their World is our Moon, ſo our World is their Moon.
[40.] Provehimur portu, terræque urbeſque recedunt.
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9078That the Moon may be a World. Scotland, whoſe greateſt protection hath been
the natural Strength of their Country, ſo For-
tified with Mountains, that theſe have always
been unto them ſure Retreats from the Vio-
lence and Oppreſſion of others.
a good Author doth rightly call them Natures
Bul-warks, caſt up at God Almighties own
charges, the ſcorns and curbs of victorious
which made the Barbarians in Gurtius
ſo confident of their own ſafety, when they
were once retir'd into an acceſſable Mountain,
that when Alexanders Legat had brought them
to a Parley, and perſwading them to yield, told
them of his Maſters Victories, what Seas and
Wilderneſſes he had paſſed;
they replyed, that
all that might be, but could Alexander fly too?
Over the Seas he might have Ships, and over
the Land Horſes, but he muſt have Wings be-
fore he could get up thither.
Such ſafety did
thoſe barbarous Nations conceive in the Moun-
ttins whereunto they were retired.
then ſuch uſeful parts were not the effects of
Mans Sin, or produced by the Worlds Curſe,
the Flood, but rather at firſt created by the
Goodneſs and Providence of the Almighty.
This Truth is uſually concluded from theſe
and the like Arguments.
1. Becauſe the Scripture it ſelf, in the De-
ſcription of that general Deluge, tells us, it
overflowed the higheſt Mountains.
2. Becauſe Moſes, who writ long after the
Flood, does yet give the ſame Deſcription
of places and Rivers, as they had before;
which could not well have been, if this had
made ſo ſtrange an Alteration.

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