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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            Diſtinctly ſet down for this Opinion. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For
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            the better Confirmation of which he adjoins
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            alſo ſome Authentical Epiſtles of Fredericus
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            Gæſius Lyncæus, a Noble Prince, written to
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            Bellarmine, containing divers Reaſons to the
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            ſame purpoſe. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">You may alſo ſee the ſame
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            Truth ſet down by Fohannes Pena, in his Pre-
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            face to Euclids Opticks, and Chriſtoph. </s>
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            manus, both who thought the Firmament to
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            be only Air: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and though the Noble Tycho do
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            Diſpute againſt them, yet he himſelf holds,
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            Quod propius ad veritatis penetralia accedit hæc
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            opinio, quam Ariſtotelica vulgariter approbata,
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            quæ cælum pluribus realibus atque imperviis orbi-
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            bus citra rem replevit. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">‘That this Opinion
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            ‘ comes nearer to the Truth, than the common
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            ‘ one of Ariſtotle, which hath to no purpoſe
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            ‘ filled the Heavens with ſuch real and Imper-
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            ‘ vious Orbs.</s>
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            15. 72. l. 1.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">There is no Element of Fire, which
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            muſt be held with this Opinion here deliver'd;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">for if we ſuppoſe a World in the Moon, then
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            it will follow, that the Sphere of Fire, either
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            is not there where it is uſually placed in the
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            Concavity of his Orb, or elſe that there is no
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            ſuch thing at all, which is moſt probable,ſince
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            there are not any ſuch Solid Orbs, that by
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            their ſwift Motion might Heat and Enkindle
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            the adjoyning Air, which is imagined to be
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            the Reaſon of that Element. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Arguments
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            that are commonly urged to this purpoſe, are
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            theſe.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
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            ning the Refractions which will be caus'd by
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            a different Medium. </s>
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