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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129117That the Moon may be a World. as HI. Suppoſe EF likewiſe to repreſent half
the Heavens, wherein was this appearing Co-
met at K.
Now I ſay, that a contracted Va-
pour, as G, could not cauſe this appearance,
becauſe an Inhabitant at M could not diſcern
the ſame Star with the brightneſs, but perhaps
another at L, betwixt which the Vapour is di-
rectly interpoſed.
Nor could it be cauſed by a
dilated Vapour, as HI, becauſe then all the
Stars that were diſcern’d through it, would be
perceiv’d with the ſame brightneſs.
’Tis neceſſary therefore that the cauſe of this
appearance ſhould be in the Heavens.
And this
is granted by the moſt and beſt Aſtronomers.
But, ſay ſome, this doth not argue any natural
Alteration in thoſe purer Bodies, ſince ’tis pro-
bable that the Concourſe of many little Va-
gabond Stars, by the Union of their Beams
may cauſe ſo great a Light.
Of this Opinion
were Anaxagor as and Zeno amongſt the Anci-
ents, and Baptiſta Giſatus, Blancanus, with
others amongſt our modern Aſtronomers.
ſay they, when there happens to be a Con-
courſe of ſome few Stars, then do many others
fly unto them from all the parts of Heaven like
ſo many Bees unto their King.
But 1. ’Tis not
likely that amongſt thoſe which we count the
fixed Stars, there ſhould be any ſuch uncertain
Motions, that they can wander from all parts
of the Heavens, as if Nature had neglected
them, or forgot to appoint them a determi-
nate Courſe.
2. If there be ſuch a Conſlux
of theſe, as of Bees to their King, then what
reaſon is there, that they do not ſtill tarry with
it, that ſo the Comet may not be diſſolv’d ?

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