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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            Unity of the firſt Mover. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Ut enim forma ſub-
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            ſtantialis, ſic primum efficiens apparentem ſolum
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            modo multiplicitatum induit per ſignatum mate-
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            riam (ſaith a Country-Man of ours.) </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As the
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            ſubſtantial form, ſo the efficient cauſe hath on-
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            ly an appearing Multiplicity from its particu-
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            lar Matter. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">You may ſee this point more
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            largely handled, and theſe Arguments more
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            fully anſwered by Plutarch in his Book (why
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            Oracles are ſilent) and Jacob Garpentarius in
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            his Comment on Alcinous.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0028-01" xlink:href="note-0028-01a" xml:space="preserve">Nic. Hill. de
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            Philoſopb.
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            Epic. par-
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            tic. 379.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But our Oppoſites, the Interpreters them-
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            ſelves (who too often do jurare in verba ma-
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            giſtri) will grant that there is not any Strength
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            in theſe Conſequences, and certainly then ſuch
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            weak Arguments could not convince that wiſe
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            Philoſopher, who in his other Opinions was
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            wont to be ſwayed by the Strength and Pow-
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            er of Reaſon: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">wherefore I ſhould rather think
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            that he had ſome by-reſpect, which made him
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            firſt aſſent unto this Opinion, and afterwards
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            ſtrive to prove it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Perhaps it was becauſe he
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            feared to diſpleaſe his Scholar Alexander, of
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            whom ’tis related that he wept to hear a Diſ-
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            putation of another World, ſince he had not
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            then attained the Monarchy of this; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">his reſt-
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            leſs wide Heart would have eſteemed this
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            Globe of Earth not big enough for him, if
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            there had been another, which made the Sa-
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            tyriſt ſay of him,</s>
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            de tranq.
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            onim.</note>
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            ‘deſires, as being Pend up in a narrow Room,
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            ‘when he was Confin'd but to one World.</s>
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