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 the Moon may be a World.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">You ſee what probable Grounds and plain
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            Teſtimonies I have brought for the Confirma-
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            tion of this Propoſition: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">many other things
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            in this behalf might be ſpoken, which for bre-
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            vity ſake I now omit, and paſs unto the next.</s>
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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. XIII.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">That ’tis probable there may be Inhabitants in this
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            # other World, but of what kind they are, is un-
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            # certain.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I Have already handled the Seaſons, and Me-
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            teors belonging to this new World; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’tis
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            requiſite that in the next place I ſhould come
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            unto the third thing which I promis’d, and ſay
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            ſomewhat of the Inhabitants; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">concerning
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            whom there might be many difficult Queſtions
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            raiſed; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">as whether that place be more inconve-
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            nient for Habitation than our World (as Kep-
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            lar thinks;) </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whether they are the ſeed of Adam,
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            whether they are there in a bleſſed eſtate, or
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            elſe what means there may be for their Salva-
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            tion? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">with many other ſuch uncertain Enqui-
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            ries, which I ſhall willingly omit, leaving it
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            to their Examination who have more leiſure
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            and Learning for the ſearch of ſuch particulars.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Being for mine own part content only to ſet
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            down ſuch Notes belonging unto theſe, which
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            I have obſerv’d in other Writers. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Gum tota
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            illa regio nobis ignota ſit, remanent inbabitatores
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            illi ignoti penitus, ſaith Guſanus; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Since we know
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            not the Regions of that place, we muſt be al-
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            together ignorant of the Inhabitants. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">There
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            hath not yet been any ſuch diſcovery concer-</s>
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