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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            rather take pains to prefer them to ſome extra-
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            ordinary Nature; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whereas notwithſtanding,
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            all the Arguments they could invent, were
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            not able to convince a neceſſity of any ſuch
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            Matter, as is confeſt by their own ſide. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It
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            were much to be deſir'd, that theſe Men had
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            not in other Caſes, as well as this, Multiply-
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            ed things without neceſſity, and as if there
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            had not been enough to be known in the Se-
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            crets of Nature, have ſpun out new Subjects
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            from their own Brains, to find more Work
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            for Future Ages; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſhall not mention their
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            Arguments, ſince ’tis already confeſt, that they
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            are none of them of any neceſſary conſequence:
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            <s xml:space="preserve">and beſides you may ſee them ſet down in any
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            of the Books de Cælo.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0039-01" xlink:href="note-0039-01a" xml:space="preserve">De Cælo.
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            l. 1. c. 2.</note>
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            nimb. de
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            q. 6. art. 3</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But it is the general Conſent of the Fathers,
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            and the Opinion of Lumbard, that the Hea-
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            vens conſiſt of the ſame matter with theſe
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            Sublunary Bodies. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">St. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Ambroſe is ſo confident
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            of it, that he eſteems the contrary a Hereſie.
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            True indeed, they differ much among them-
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            ſelves, ſome thinking them to be made of
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            Fire, others of Water, and others of both;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">but herein they generally agree, that they are
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            all fram'd of ſome Element or other. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Which
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            Dioniſius Garthuſianus collects from that place
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            in Geneſis, where the Heavens are mention'd
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            in their Creation, as divided only in diſtance
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            from the Elementary Bodies, and not as being
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            made of any new Matter. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To this purpoſe
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            others Cire the Derivation of the Hebrew
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            word מושש, quaſi שמ ibi & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">מומ aquæ, or quaſi
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            שע ignis & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">מומ. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Becauſe they are fram'd
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            out of theſe Elements. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But concerning this,</s>
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