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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            longer in the Preface, becauſe that Prejudice
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            which the meer Title of the Book may beget,
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            cannot eaſily be removed without a great deal
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            of preparation, and I could not tell otherwiſe
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            how to rectifie the Thoughts of the Reader
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            for an impartial Survey of the following Diſ-
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I muſt need confeſs, though I had often
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            thought with my ſelf that it was poſſible there
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            might be a World in the Moon, yet it ſeem'd
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            ſuch an uncouth Opinion, that I never durſt
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            diſcover it, for fear of being counted ſingular,
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            and ridiculous; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but after having read Plutarch,
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            Gallileus, Keplar, with ſome others, and find-
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            ing many of my own Thoughts confirmed by
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            ſuch ſtrong Authority, I then concluded that
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            it was not only poſſible there might be, but
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            probably there was another habitable World
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            in that Planet. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">In the proſecuting of this Aſſer-
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            tion, I ſhall firſt endeavour to clear the way
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            from ſuch doubts as may hinder the ſpeed or
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            eaſe of farther progreſs; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and becauſe the Sup-
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            poſitions imply'd in this Opinion, may ſeem to
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            contradict the Principles of Reaſon and Faith,
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            it will be requiſite that I firſt remove this Scru-
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            ple, ſhewing the conformity of them to both
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            theſe, and proving thoſe Truths that may make
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            way for the reſt, which I ſhall labour to perform
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            in the Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Chap-
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            ters, and then proceed to conform ſuch Pro-
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            poſitions, which do more directly belong to
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            the main point in Hand.</s>
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