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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            Light Body upwards, what a hudling and con-
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            fuſion muſt there be, if there were two pla-
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            ces for Gravity, and two places for Lightneſs:
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            <s xml:space="preserve">for it is probable that the Earth of that other
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            World would fall down to this Centre, and ſo
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            mutually the Air and Fire here aſcend to thoſe
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            Regions in the other, which muſt needs much
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            derogate from the Providence of Nature, and
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            cauſe a great diſorder in his Works. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But ratio
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            bæc eſt minimè firma, (ſaith Zancby.) </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And if
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            you well confider the nature of Gravity, you
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            will plainly ſee there is no ground to fear any
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            ſuch Confuſion; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for Heavineſs is nothing elſe
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            but ſuch a quality as cauſes a Propenſion in its
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            Subject to tend downwards towards its own
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            Centre; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo that for ſome of that Earth to
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            come hither, would not be ſaid a Fall, but
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            an Aſcenſion, ſince it moved from its own
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            place; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and this would be impoſſible (ſaith Ru-
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            vio) becauſe againſt Nature, and therefore
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            no more to be feared, than the falling of the
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            Heavens.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0026-01" xlink:href="note-0026-01a" xml:space="preserve">Ibid.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0027-01" xlink:href="note-0027-01a" xml:space="preserve">De operibus
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            Dei. part 2.
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            lib 2. cap. 2</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0027-02" xlink:href="note-0027-02a" xml:space="preserve">De Cœle. 1.
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            I. c. 9. 9.1.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">If you reply, that then according to this
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            there muſt be more Centres of Gravity than
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            one; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer, ’Tis very probable there are,
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            nor can we well Conceive what any piece of
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            the Moon would do, being ſever'd from the
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            reſt in the free and open Air, but only return
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            unto it again.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Another Argument he had from his Maſter
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            Plato, that there is but one World, becauſe
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            there is but one firſt Mover, God.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0027-03" xlink:href="note-0027-03a" xml:space="preserve">Metaphyſ.
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            l. 12. c. 1.
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            Diog. Laer.
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            lib. 2.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Infirma etiam eſt bæc ratio (ſaith Zancby) and
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            we muſt juſtly deny the Conſequence, ſince a
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            Plurality of Worlds doth not take away the</s>
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