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.
longer in the Preface, becauſe that Prejudice
which the meer Title of the Book may beget,
cannot eaſily be removed without a great deal
of preparation, and I could not tell otherwiſe
how to rectifie the Thoughts of the Reader
for an impartial Survey of the following Diſ-
I muſt need confeſs, though I had often
thought with my ſelf that it was poſſible there
might be a World in the Moon, yet it ſeem'd
ſuch an uncouth Opinion, that I never durſt
diſcover it, for fear of being counted ſingular,
and ridiculous;
but after having read Plutarch,
Gallileus, Keplar, with ſome others, and find-
ing many of my own Thoughts confirmed by
ſuch ſtrong Authority, I then concluded that
it was not only poſſible there might be, but
probably there was another habitable World
in that Planet.
In the proſecuting of this Aſſer-
tion, I ſhall firſt endeavour to clear the way
from ſuch doubts as may hinder the ſpeed or
eaſe of farther progreſs;
and becauſe the Sup-
poſitions imply'd in this Opinion, may ſeem to
contradict the Principles of Reaſon and Faith,
it will be requiſite that I firſt remove this Scru-
ple, ſhewing the conformity of them to both
theſe, and proving thoſe Truths that may make
way for the reſt, which I ſhall labour to perform
in the Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Chap-
ters, and then proceed to conform ſuch Pro-
poſitions, which do more directly belong to
the main point in Hand.

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