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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[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.]
[51. PROP. IV.]
[52. PROP. V.]
[53. PROP. VI.]
[55. That the EARTH May be a PLANET. PROP. I.]
[56. PROP. II.]
[57. PROP. III.]
[58. PROP. IV.]
[59. PROP. V. That the Scripture, in its proper conſtru-ction, does not any where affirm the Immobility of the Earth.]
[60. PROP. VI. That there is not any Argument from the Words of Scripture, Principles of Na-ture, or Obſervations in Aſtronomy, which can ſuſſiciently evidence the Earth to be in the Gentre of the Uni-verſe.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
parated from this Earth, which can be a more
convenient place for Habitation than this Pla-
therefore they concluded it was there.
It could not be on the Top of any Moun-
1. Becauſe we have Expreſs Scripture, that
Gen. 7.19.the Higheſt of them was Overflowed.
2. Becauſe it muſt be of a greater Exten-
ſion, and not ſome ſmall Patch of Ground,ſince
’tis likely all Men ſhould have Lived there, if
Adam had not Fell.
But for a Satisfaction of
the Arguments, together with a Farther Dif-
couſe of Paradiſe, I ſhall Refer you to thoſe
who have Written Purpoſely upon this Sub-
Being content for my own part to have
ſpoken ſo much of it;
as may Conduce to ſhew
the Opinion of others Concerning the Inhabi-
tants of the Moon;
I dare not my ſelf Affirm
any thing of theſe Selenites, becauſe I know
not any Ground whereon to Build any Proba-
ble Opinion.
But I think that Future Ages
will Diſcover more;
and our Poſterity, Per-
haps, may Invent ſome means for our better
Acquaintance with theſe Inhabitants.


That ’tis Poſſible for ſome of our Poſterity, to find
# out a Conveyance to this other World, and if
# there be Inhabitants there, to have Commerce
# with them.
ALL that hath been ſaid, Concerning the
People of the New World, is but Con-
jectural, and full of Uncertainties;
nor can we

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