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.
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            mentum deſumptum ex paralaxi, non eſt efficax,
            aut ſi eſt efficax, eorum inſtrumentorum uſum de-
            cipere, vel ratione aſtri, vel medii, vel diſtantiæ,
            aut ergo erat in ſuprema parte aeris, aut ſi in cælo,
            tum forſan factum erat ex reflectione radiorum Sa-
            turni & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Foves, qui tunc in conjunctione fuerant.
            <s xml:space="preserve">‘ Either the Argument from the Paralax is
            ‘ not efficacious, or if it be, yet the uſe of the
            ‘ Inſtruments might deceive, either in regard
            ‘ of the Star, or the Medium, or the diſtance,
            ‘ and ſo this Comet might be in the upper Re-
            ‘ gions of the Air; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or if it were in the Hea-
            ‘ vens, there it might be produc’d by the Re-
            ‘ flection of the Rays from Saturn and Fupiter,
            ‘ who were then in Conjunction. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">You ſee
            what ſhifts he is driven to, how he runs up
            and down to many ſtartling Holes, that he may
            find ſome ſhelter, and inſtead of the ſtrength
            of reaſon, he anſwers with a multitude of
            Words, thinking (as the Proverb is) that he
            may uſe Hail, when he hath no Thunder. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Ni-
            hil turpius (ſaith Seneca) dubio & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">incerto, pedem
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            modo referente, modo producente. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">‘What can
            ‘ there be more unſeemly in one that ſhould
            ‘ be a fair diſputant, than to be now here, now
            ‘ there, and ſo uncertain, that one cannot tell
            ‘ where to find him? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">He thinks there are not Cc-
            mets in the Heavens, becauſe there may be
            many other reaſons of ſuch appearances; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but
            what he knows not; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">perhaps, he ſays, that Ar-
            gument from the Paralax is not ſufficient, or if
            it be, then there may be ſome deceit in the
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            Obſervation. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To this I may ſafely ſay, that he
            may juſtly be accounted a weak Methematician
            who miſtruſts the ſtrength of this Argument;</s>
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