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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[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.
[41.] PROP. XII.
[42.] PROP. XIII.
[43.] PROP. XIV.
[44.] FINIS.
[45.] A DISCOURSE Concerning a Rem Planet. Tending to prove That ’tis probable our EARTH is one of the PLANETS. The Second Book. By John Wilkins, late L. Biſhop of Cheſter.
[46.] LONDON: Printed by J. D. for John Gellibrand, at the Golden Ball in St. Paul’s Church-Yard. M.DC.LXXXIV.
[47.] To the Reader.
[48.] PROP. I.
[49.] PROP. II.
[50.] PROP. III.
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1866That the Earth may be a Planet. do not ſeem convincing unto him he may
freely reject it.
In thoſe natural points which carry with
them any doubt or obſcurity, it is the ſafeſt
way to ſuſpend our aſſents:
And though we
may diſpute pro or con;
yet not to ſettle our
Opinion on either ſide.
In weighing the Authority of others, ’tis
11Conſid. 2. not their multitude that ſhould prevail, or
their skill in ſome things that ſhould make
them of credit in every thing, but we ſhould
examine what particular inſight and experi-
ence they had in thoſe times for which they
are cited.
Now ’tis plain, that Common
People judge by their ſenſes;
and therefore
their voices are altogether unfit to decide
any Philoſophical doubt, which cannot well
be examined or explained without Diſcourſc
and Reaſon.
And as for the ancient Fathers,
though they wereMen very eminent for their
holy lives and extraordinary skill in Divini-
yet they were moſt of them very Igno-
rant in that part of Learning which con-
cerns this Opinion, as appears by many of
their groſs miſtakes in this kind, as that con-
cerning the Antipodes, &
c. and therefore it
is not their Opinion neither, in this buſineſs,
that to an indifferent ſeeker of Truth will be
of any ſtrong Authority.
But againſt this it is objected, that 22 Alex.
Roſſ. l. 1.
ſect. c. 8.
inſtance of the Antipodes does not argue any
ſpecial Ignorance in theſe Learned Men:
that they had leſs skill in ſuch human

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