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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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. VII.</head>
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">That thoſe Spots and brighter parts, which by
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          our ſight may be diſtinguiſhed in the Moon,
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          do ſhew the difference betwixt the Sea and
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          Land, in that other World.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">FOr the clear proof of this Propoſition,
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            I ſhall firſt reckon up and refute the Opi-
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            nions of others, concerning the matter and
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            form of thoſe Spots, and then ſhew the Pro-
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            bability of this Aſſertion, and how agreeable
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            it is to that Truth, which is moſt commonly
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            receiv'd; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As for the Opinions of others, con-
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            cerning theſe, they have been very many; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I
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            will only reckon up thoſe which are common
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            and remarkable.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Some there are that think thoſe ſpots do
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            not ariſe from any deformity of the parts, but
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            a deceit of the Eye, which cannot at ſuch a
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            diſtance diſcern an equal Light in the Planet;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but theſe do but only ſay it, and ſhew not any
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            reaſon for the proof of their Opinion: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Others
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            think, that there are ſome Bodies betwixt the
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            Sun and Moon, which keeping off the Light
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            in ſome parts, do by their Shadow produce
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            theſe ſpots which we there diſcern.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0074-01" xlink:href="note-0074-01a" xml:space="preserve">So Bede in
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            l. de Mund.
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            conſtit.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Others would have them to be the Figure
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            of the Seas or Mountains, here below: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">repre-
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            ſented there as in a Looking-Glaſs. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But none
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            of theſe Fancies can be true, becauſe the Spots
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            are ſtill the ſame, and not varied according to
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            the difference of places; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and beſides, Gardon
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            thinks it is impoſſible that any image ſhould</s>
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