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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            rather take pains to prefer them to ſome extra-
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            ordinary Nature; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whereas notwithſtanding,
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            all the Arguments they could invent, were
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            not able to convince a neceſſity of any ſuch
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            Matter, as is confeſt by their own ſide. </s>
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            were much to be deſir'd, that theſe Men had
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            not in other Caſes, as well as this, Multiply-
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            ed things without neceſſity, and as if there
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            had not been enough to be known in the Se-
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            crets of Nature, have ſpun out new Subjects
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            from their own Brains, to find more Work
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            for Future Ages; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſhall not mention their
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            Arguments, ſince ’tis already confeſt, that they
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            are none of them of any neceſſary conſequence:
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            <s xml:space="preserve">and beſides you may ſee them ſet down in any
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            of the Books de Cælo.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0039-01" xlink:href="note-0039-01a" xml:space="preserve">De Cælo.
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            l. 1. c. 2.</note>
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            nimb. de
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            cælo. t. 1. c. 2
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            q. 6. art. 3</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But it is the general Conſent of the Fathers,
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            and the Opinion of Lumbard, that the Hea-
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            vens conſiſt of the ſame matter with theſe
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            Sublunary Bodies. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">St. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Ambroſe is ſo confident
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            of it, that he eſteems the contrary a Hereſie.
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            True indeed, they differ much among them-
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            ſelves, ſome thinking them to be made of
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            Fire, others of Water, and others of both;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">but herein they generally agree, that they are
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            all fram'd of ſome Element or other. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Which
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            Dioniſius Garthuſianus collects from that place
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            in Geneſis, where the Heavens are mention'd
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            in their Creation, as divided only in diſtance
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            from the Elementary Bodies, and not as being
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            made of any new Matter. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To this purpoſe
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            others Cire the Derivation of the Hebrew
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            word מושש, quaſi שמ ibi & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">מומ aquæ, or quaſi
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            שע ignis & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">מומ. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Becauſe they are fram'd
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            out of theſe Elements. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But concerning this,</s>
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