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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[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.]
[54. PROP. VII. PROP. VIII. PROP. IX. PROP. X.]
[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.]
[61. PROP. VII. Tis probable that the Sun is in the Gentre of the World.]
[62. PROP. VIII. That there is not any ſufficient reaſon to prove the Earth incapable of thoſe mo-tions which Copernicus aſcribes un-to it.]
[63. Provebimur portu, terræque, verbeſq; recedunt.]
[64. PROP. IX. That it is more probable the Earth does move, than the Sun or Heavens.]
[65. PROP. X. That this Hypotheſis is exactly agreeable to common appearances.]
[66. Quicunq; ſolam mente præcipiti petit]
[67. Brevem replere non valentis ambitum, # Pudebit aucti nominis.]
[68. FINIS.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
our Gifts, and beat us with our own Wea-
pons) hath ſo contriv’d it, that any Truth doth
now ſeem diſtaſtful for that very Reaſon, for
which Errour is entertain’d:
Novelty. For
let ſome upſtart Hereſie be ſet abroach, and
preſently there are ſome out of a curious Hu-
mour;
others, as if they watched an occaſion of
ſingularity, will take it up for Canonical, and
make it part of their Creed and Profeſſion;
whereas ſolitary Truth cannot any where find
ſo ready Entertainment;
but the ſame Novel-
ty which is eſteemed the Commendation of
Errour, and makes that acceptable, is counted
the fault of Truth, and cauſes that to be Re-
jected.
How did the incredulous World gaze at Co-
lumbus;
when he promiſed to diſcover ano-
ther part of the Earth, and he could not for
a long time, by his Confidence, or Argu-
ments, induce any of the Chriſtian Princes, ei-
ther to aſſent unto his Opinion, or to go to the
charges of an Experiment?
Now if be, who
had ſuch good grounds for his Aſſertion, could
find no better Entertainment among the wiſer
ſort, and upper end of the World;
’tis not
likely then that this Opinion which I now deli-
ver, ſhall receive any thing from Men of theſe
Days, eſpecially our Vulgar Wits, but Miſ-
belief and Deriſion.
It hath always been the unhappineſs of new
Truths in Philoſophy, to be derided by thoſe
that are ignorant of the cauſes of things, and
rejected by others, whoſe perverſeneſs ties
them to the contrary Opinion, Men whoſe en-
vious Pride will not allow any new thing for

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