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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            ſelf in effect doth confeſs in another place;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">for ſpeaking concerning our knowledge of the
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            Heavens, he ſays, ’tis very imperfect and diffi-
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            cult, by reaſon of the vaſt diſtance of thoſe
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            Bodies from us, and becauſe the Changes
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            which may happen unto them, are not either
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            Big enough, or frequent enough to fall with-
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            in the Apprehenſion and Obſervation of our
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            Senſes; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">no wonder then if he himſelf be deceiv'd
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            in his Aſſertions concerning theſe Particulars.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But yet, in this he Implies, that if a Man were
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            nearer to theſe Heavenly Bodies, he would be
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            a fitter Judge, to decide this Controverſie than
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            himſelf. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now its our Advantage, that by
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            the help of Galileus his Glaſs, we are advanc'd
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            nearer unto them, and the Heavens are made
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            more Preſent to us than they were before. </s>
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            However, as it is with us where there be ma-
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            ny Viciſſitudes and Succeſſions or things, tho’
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            the Earth abideth for ever: </s>
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            be amongſt the Planets, in which tho’ there
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            ſhould be divers Alterations, yet they them-
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            ſelves may ſtill continue of the ſame Quantity
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            and Light.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Though we could not by our Senſes ſe@
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            ſuch Alterations, yet our Reaſon might per-
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            haps ſufficiently convince us of them. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nor
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            can we well conceive how the Sun ſhould re-
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            flect againſt the Moon, and yet not produce
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            ſome Alteration of Heat. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Diogenes the Phi-
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            loſoper was hence perſwaded, that theſe
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            Scorching Heats had Burnt the Moon into the
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            Form of a Pumice ſtone.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer, that there have been ſome Al-
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Witneſs thoſe Com-</s>
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