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.
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            being placed where the Head of the other is,
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            and ſo two other Men croſs them, yet all theſe
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            Men thus ſituated according to this Opinion,
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            ſhould ſtand upright, and many other ſuch groſs
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            conſequences would follow (ſaith he) which a
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            falſe Imagination is not able to fancy as poſſi-
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            ble. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Upon which Conſiderations, Bede alſo
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            denies the being of any Antipodes, Neque enim
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            Antipodarum ullatenus fabulis accommodandus aſ-
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            ſenſus. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">‘Nor ſhould we any longer aſſent to the
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            ‘Fable of Antipodes. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So alſo Lucretius the
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            Poet ſpeaking of the ſame Subject, ſays,</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0016-01" xlink:href="note-0016-01a" xml:space="preserve">Vid. Foſeph.
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            Acaſto de
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            nat. novi
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            Grbis lib. 1.
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            cap. 1.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0017-01" xlink:href="note-0017-01a" xml:space="preserve">De civit.
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            Dei lib. 16
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            cap. 9.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0017-02" xlink:href="note-0017-02a" xml:space="preserve">Inſtiſtur,
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            l. 3.
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            c. 24.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0018-01" xlink:href="note-0018-01a" xml:space="preserve">De ratione
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            temporum.
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            Cap. 32.</note>
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          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">Sed vanus ſtolidis hæc omnia finxerit Error.</head>
          <note position="left" xml:space="preserve">De nat. re-
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          rum, Lib. 1</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">That ſome idle fancy feigned theſe, for Fools
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            to believe. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Of this Opinion was Procopius
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            Gazæus, but he was perſwaded to it by ano-
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            ther kind of Reaſon; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for he thought that all
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            the Earth under us was ſunk into the Water,
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            according to the ſaying of the Pſalmiſt, He
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            hath founded the Earth upon the Seas; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            therefore he accounted it not inhabited by any.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Nay, Toſtatus a Man of later Years, and gene-
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            ral Learning, doth alſo confidently deny that
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            there are any ſuch Antipodes, though the
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            Reaſon which he urges for it, be not ſo abſurd
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            as the former; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For the Apoſtles, ſaith he, tra-
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            velled through the whole habitable World,
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            but they never paſſed the Equinoctial; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and if
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            you anſwer that they are ſaid to go through
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            all the Earth, becauſe they went through all
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            the known World, he replies, that this is not
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            ſufficient, ſince Chriſt would have all Men to
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            be ſaved, and come to the Knowledge of his
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            Truth, and therefore it is requiſite that they</s>
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