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 Earth may be a Planet.
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            of this Truth, are implied in the con-
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            veniences of this Hypotheſis above any other;
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            Appearances of the Heavens, into more eaſy
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            ing to the Syſteme of Tycho: </s>
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            make the Sun to be in the midſt of the Pla-
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            nets, yet, without any good Reaſon, denies
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            it to be in the midſt of the fixed Stars; </s>
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            the Planets, which are ſuch eminent parts of
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            the World, ſhould be appointed to move
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            about a diſtinct Centre of their own, which
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            was beſide that of the Univerſe.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Hence likewife are we freed from many of
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            thoſe Inconveniences in the Hypotheſis of
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            Ptolomy, who ſuppoſed in the Heavens, Epi-
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            cycles and Eccentricks, and other Orbs, which
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            he calls the Deferents of the Apoge and the
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            Perige. </s>
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            Engine of the World, had been put unto
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            ſuch hard ſhifts, that ſhe was fain to make
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            ufe of Wheels and Screws, and other</s>
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