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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That the Moon may be a World.
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            brought out where one might ſhew him the
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            great Ocean, telling him the quality of that
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            Water, that it is brackiſh, ſalt, and not pota-
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            ble, and yet there were many vaſt Creatures
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            of all Forms living in it, which make uſe of
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            that water as we do of the Air, queſtionleſs
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            he would laugh at all this, as being monſtrous
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            Lies and Fables, without any colur of Truth.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Juſt ſo will this Truth, which I now deliver,
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            appear unto others; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">becauſe we never dreamt
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            of any ſuch matter as a World in the Moon; </s>
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            becauſe the State of that place hath as yet been
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            vail'd from our Knowledge, therefore we can
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            ſcarcely aſſent to any ſuch matter. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Things
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            are very hardly received which are altogether
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            ſtrange to our Thoughts and our Senſes. </s>
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            The Soul may with leſs difficulty be brought
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            to believe any abſurdity, when as it has for-
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            merly been acquainted with ſome Colours and
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            Probabilities for it; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but when a new, and un-
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            heard of Truth ſhall come before it, though it
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            have good Grounds and Reaſons, yet the un-
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            derſtanding is aſraid of it as a ſtranger, and
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            dares not admit it into his Belief, without a
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            great deal of Reluctancy and Tryal. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And be-
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            ſides, things that are not manifeſted to the
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            Senſes, are not aſſented unto without ſome
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            Labour of Mind, ſome Travel and Diſcourſe
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            of the underſtanding; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and many lazy Souls
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            had rather quietly repoſe themſelves in an eaſie
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            Errour, than take Pains to ſearch out the
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            Truth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The ſtrangeneſs then of this Opinion
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            which I now deliver, will be a great hindrance
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            to its belief, but this is not to be reſpected by
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            reaſon it cannot be helped. </s>
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