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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            Scotland, whoſe greateſt protection hath been
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            the natural Strength of their Country, ſo For-
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            tified with Mountains, that theſe have always
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            been unto them ſure Retreats from the Vio-
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            lence and Oppreſſion of others. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Wherefore
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            a good Author doth rightly call them Natures
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            Bul-warks, caſt up at God Almighties own
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            charges, the ſcorns and curbs of victorious
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            Armies; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which made the Barbarians in Gurtius
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            ſo confident of their own ſafety, when they
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            were once retir'd into an acceſſable Mountain,
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            that when Alexanders Legat had brought them
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            to a Parley, and perſwading them to yield, told
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            them of his Maſters Victories, what Seas and
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            Wilderneſſes he had paſſed; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">they replyed, that
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            all that might be, but could Alexander fly too?
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Over the Seas he might have Ships, and over
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            the Land Horſes, but he muſt have Wings be-
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            fore he could get up thither. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Such ſafety did
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            thoſe barbarous Nations conceive in the Moun-
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            ttins whereunto they were retired. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Certainly
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            then ſuch uſeful parts were not the effects of
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            Mans Sin, or produced by the Worlds Curſe,
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            the Flood, but rather at firſt created by the
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            Goodneſs and Providence of the Almighty.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">This Truth is uſually concluded from theſe
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Becauſe the Scripture it ſelf, in the De-
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            ſcription of that general Deluge, tells us, it
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            overflowed the higheſt Mountains.</s>
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            Flood, does yet give the ſame Deſcription
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            of places and Rivers, as they had before;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">which could not well have been, if this had
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            made ſo ſtrange an Alteration.</s>
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