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.
[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 ſhines upon them, muſt ſeem as Bright to
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            thoſe in the Moon, as if the beams were Im-
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            mediately Reflected from our Earth.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s1608" xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
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            are of any large Extention or great Opacity,
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            as it is in extraordinary laſting and great Rains,
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            then there muſt be ſome diſcernable alterati-
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            ons in the Light of our Earth; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1610" xml:space="preserve">But yet this
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            does not make it to differ from the Moon;
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s1611" xml:space="preserve">ſince it is ſo alſo with that Planet, as is ſhew-
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            ed in the latter part of the next Chapter.</s>
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          <head xml:id="echoid-head53" xml:space="preserve">PROP. XII.</head>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s1613" xml:space="preserve">That’tis probable there may be ſuch Meteors belong-
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            # ing to that World in the Moon, as there are
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            # with us.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s1615" xml:space="preserve">PLutarch Diſcuſſing this Point, Affirms, that
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            it is not neceſſary there ſhould bethe ſame
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            means of Growth and fructifying in both theſe
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            Worlds, ſince Nature might in her Policy find
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            out more ways than one, how to bring about
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            the ſame Effect. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1616" xml:space="preserve">But however, he thinks it is
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            Probable, that the Moon her ſelf ſendeth forth
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            warm Winds, and by the ſwiftneſs of her mo-
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            tion, there ſhould breath out a ſweet and com-
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            fortable Air, pleaſant Dews, and gentle moi-
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            ſture, which might ſerve for refreſhment and
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            nouriſhment of the Inhabitants and Plants in
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            that other World.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s1618" xml:space="preserve">But ſince they have all things alike with
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            us, as Sea and Land, and vaporous Air en-
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            compaſſing both, I ſhould rather therefore
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            think, that Nature there ſhould uſe the </s>
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