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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            be conveyed ſo far, as there to be repreſented
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            unto us, at ſuch a diſtance. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But ’tis common-
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            ly related of Pythagor as, that he by writing
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            what he pleas'd in a Glaſs, by the reflexion of
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            the ſame Species, would make thoſe Letters to
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            appear in the Circle of the Moon, where they
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            ſhould be Legible by any other, who might
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            at that time be ſome Miles diſtant from him.
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            . </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Agrippa affirms this to be poſſible, and
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            the way of performing it not unknown to him-
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            ſelf, with ſome others in his time. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It may be
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            that Biſhop Goodwine did by the like means
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            perform thoſe ſtrange Concluſions, which he
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            profeſſes in his Nuncius inanimatus, where he
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            pretends, that he can inform his Friends of
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            what he pleaſes, though they be an hundred
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            Miles diſtant, forte etiam, vel milliare milleſi-
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            mum, (they are his own Words) and perhaps
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            a Thouſand, and all this in a little ſpace, quick-
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            er than the Sun can move.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0074-02" xlink:href="note-0074-02a" xml:space="preserve">De ſubtil.
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            lib. 3.</note>
            <note symbol="a" position="right" xlink:label="note-0075-01" xlink:href="note-0075-01a" xml:space="preserve">Occulta.
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            Philoſ. l. I.
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            cap. 6.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Now, what conveyance there ſhould be, for
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            ſo ſpeedy a paſſage, I cannot conceive, unleſs
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            it be carried with the light, than which we
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            know not any thing quicker; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But of this only
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            by the way; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">however, whether thoſe Ima-
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            ges can be repreſented ſo or not, yet certain it
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            is, thoſe ſpots are not ſuch Repreſentations.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Some think, that when God had at firſt Crea. </s>
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            ted too much Earth, to make a perfect Globe,
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            not knowing well where to beſtow the reſt, he
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            placed it in the Moon, which ever ſince hath
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            ſo darkned it in ſome parts; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but the impiety
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            of this is ſufficient confutation, ſince it ſo much
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            detracts from the Divine Power and Wiſ-
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