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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            mets which have been ſeen above the Moon.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">As alſo thoſe Spots or Clouds that Encompaſs
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            the Body of the Sun, amongſt which, there
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            is a frequent Succeſſion by a Corruption of
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            the Old, and a Generation of New. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that
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            though Ariſtotle's Conſequence were ſufficient,
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            when he prov'd that the Heavens were not
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            Corruptible, becauſe there have not any
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            Changes been diſcover'd in them: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet this
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            by the ſame Reaſon muſt be as prevalent, that
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            the Heavens are Corruptible, becauſe there
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            have been ſo many Alterations obſerv'd there; </s>
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            But of theſe, together with a farther Confir-
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            mation of this Propoſition, I ſhall have occa-
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            ſion to ſpeak afterwards; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">In the mean Space,
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            I will refer the Reader to that Work of Shei-
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            nar, a late Jeſuit, which he Titles his Roſa
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            Urſina, where he may ſee this Point concern-
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            ing the Coruptibility of the Heavens, largely
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            Handled, and ſufficiently conſirm'd.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0044-01" xlink:href="note-0044-01a" xml:space="preserve">Lib. 4. par.
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            2. cap. 24.
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            35.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">There are ſome other things, on which I
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            might here take an occaſion to enlarge my
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            ſelf; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but becauſe they are directly Handled
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            by many others, and do not immediately be-
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            long to the chief matter in hand; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſhall there-
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            fore reſer the Reader to their Authors, and
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            Omit any large Proof of them my ſelf, as
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            deſiring all poſſible Brevity.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The firſt is this: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">That there are no ſolid
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            Orbs. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">If there be a Habitable World in the
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            Moon (which I now affirm) it muſt follow,
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            that her Orb is not Solid as Ariſtotle ſuppos'd;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">and if not hers, why any of the other. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I ra-
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            ther think that they are all of a Fluid (per-
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            haps Aerous) Subſtance. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Saint Ambroſe, and</s>
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