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.]
[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.
Thus likewiſe St. Auſtin, who cenſures that
Relation of the Antipodes to be an incredible
De civit.
Dei lib. 16
cap. 9.
and with him agrees the Eloquent
Lactantius, Quid illi qui eſſe contrarios veſtigiis
noſtris Antipodes putant?
num aliquid loquuntur?
l. 3.
c. 24.
aut eſt quiſpiam tam ineptus qui credat eſſe homi-
nes, quorum veſtigia ſunt ſuperiora quâm capita?
aut ibi quæ apud nos jacent inverſa pendere? fru-
ges &
arbores deorſum verſus creſcere, pluvias &
nives, &
grandinem ſurſum verſus cadere in ter-
& miratur aliquis hortos penſiles inter ſep-
tem mira narrari, quum Pbiloſophi, &
agros &
maria, &
urbes & montes penſiles ſaciunt, & c.
‘What (ſaith he) are they that think there are
‘Antipodes, ſuch as walk with their Feet
‘againſt ours?
do they ſpeak any likelyhood?
‘or is there any one ſo fooliſh as to believe
‘that there are Men whoſe Heels are higher
‘than their Heads?
that things which with us
‘do lye on the ground, do hang there?
‘the Plants and Trees grow downwards?
‘the Hail, and Rain, and Snow fall upwards
‘to the Earth?
and do we admire the hanging
‘Orchards amongſt the ſeven Wonders, where-
‘as here the Philoſophers have made the Field
‘and Seas, the Cities and Mountains hanging?

What ſhall we think (ſaith he in Plutarch) that
Men do cling to that place like Worms, or
hang by the Claws as Cats?
Or if we ſup-
poſe a Man a little beyond the Center to be
digging with a Spade;
is it likely (as it muſt
be according to this Opinion) that the Earth
which he looſened, ſhould of it ſelf aſcend up-
or elſe ſuppoſe two Men with their
middles about the Center, the Feet of the one

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