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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[51. PROP. IV.]
[52. PROP. V.]
[53. PROP. VI.]
[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.
& aerea lunæ, & gravidine usateriali terræ, &
conſimiliter de aliis ſtellarum regionibus, ſuſpican-
tes nullam habitationibus carere, quaſi tot ſint par-
tes particulares mundiales unius aniverſi, quot ſunt
ſtellæ quærum non eſt numerus, niſi apud eum qui
omnia in numero creavit.
‘We may conjecture (ſaith he) the Inhabi-
‘ tants of the Sun are like to the nature of that
‘ Planet, more clear and bright, more intel-
‘ lectual than thoſe in the Moon where they
‘ are nearer to the Nature of that duller Pla-
‘ net, and thoſe of the Earth being more groſs
and material than either, ſo that theſe Intelle-
‘ ctual Natures in the Sun, are more form than
‘ matter, thoſe in the Earth more matter than
‘ form, and thoſe in the Moon betwixt both.
‘ This we may gueſs from the fiery influence
‘ of the Sun, the watery and aerous influence
‘ of the Moon, as alſo the material Heavineſs
‘ of the Earth.
In ſome ſuch manner likewiſe
‘ is it with the Regions of the-other Stars;
‘ we conjecture that none of them are without
‘ Inhabitants, but that there are ſo many par-
‘ ticular Worlds and parts of this one Univerſe,
‘ as there are Stars, which are innumerable, un-
‘ leſs it be to him who Created all things in
‘ Number.
For he held that the Stars were not all in
one equal Orb as we commonly ſuppoſe;
that ſome were ſar higher than others, which
made them appear leſs;
and that many others
were ſo far above any of theſe, that they were
altogether inviſible unto us.
An Opinion which
(as I conceive) hath not any great probability
for it, nor certainty againſt it.

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