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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            Scotland, whoſe greateſt protection hath been
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            the natural Strength of their Country, ſo For-
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            tified with Mountains, that theſe have always
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            been unto them ſure Retreats from the Vio-
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            lence and Oppreſſion of others. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Wherefore
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            a good Author doth rightly call them Natures
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            Bul-warks, caſt up at God Almighties own
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            charges, the ſcorns and curbs of victorious
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            Armies; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which made the Barbarians in Gurtius
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            ſo confident of their own ſafety, when they
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            were once retir'd into an acceſſable Mountain,
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            that when Alexanders Legat had brought them
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            to a Parley, and perſwading them to yield, told
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            them of his Maſters Victories, what Seas and
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            Wilderneſſes he had paſſed; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">they replyed, that
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            all that might be, but could Alexander fly too?
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Over the Seas he might have Ships, and over
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            the Land Horſes, but he muſt have Wings be-
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            fore he could get up thither. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Such ſafety did
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            thoſe barbarous Nations conceive in the Moun-
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            ttins whereunto they were retired. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Certainly
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            then ſuch uſeful parts were not the effects of
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            Mans Sin, or produced by the Worlds Curſe,
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            the Flood, but rather at firſt created by the
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            Goodneſs and Providence of the Almighty.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">This Truth is uſually concluded from theſe
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
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            ſcription of that general Deluge, tells us, it
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            overflowed the higheſt Mountains.</s>
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            Flood, does yet give the ſame Deſcription
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            of places and Rivers, as they had before;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">which could not well have been, if this had
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            made ſo ſtrange an Alteration.</s>
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