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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            brought out where one might ſhew him the
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            great Ocean, telling him the quality of that
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            Water, that it is brackiſh, ſalt, and not pota-
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            ble, and yet there were many vaſt Creatures
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            of all Forms living in it, which make uſe of
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            that water as we do of the Air, queſtionleſs
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            he would laugh at all this, as being monſtrous
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            Lies and Fables, without any colur of Truth.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Juſt ſo will this Truth, which I now deliver,
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            appear unto others; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">becauſe we never dreamt
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            of any ſuch matter as a World in the Moon; </s>
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            becauſe the State of that place hath as yet been
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            vail'd from our Knowledge, therefore we can
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            ſcarcely aſſent to any ſuch matter. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Things
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            are very hardly received which are altogether
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            ſtrange to our Thoughts and our Senſes. </s>
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            The Soul may with leſs difficulty be brought
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            to believe any abſurdity, when as it has for-
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            merly been acquainted with ſome Colours and
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            Probabilities for it; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but when a new, and un-
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            heard of Truth ſhall come before it, though it
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            have good Grounds and Reaſons, yet the un-
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            derſtanding is aſraid of it as a ſtranger, and
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            dares not admit it into his Belief, without a
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            great deal of Reluctancy and Tryal. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And be-
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            ſides, things that are not manifeſted to the
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            Senſes, are not aſſented unto without ſome
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            Labour of Mind, ſome Travel and Diſcourſe
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            of the underſtanding; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and many lazy Souls
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            had rather quietly repoſe themſelves in an eaſie
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            Errour, than take Pains to ſearch out the
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            Truth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The ſtrangeneſs then of this Opinion
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            which I now deliver, will be a great hindrance
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            to its belief, but this is not to be reſpected by
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            reaſon it cannot be helped. </s>
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