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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            <s xml:id="echoid-s2707" xml:space="preserve">’Tis reported of Clavius, that when lying
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            upon his Death-bed, he heard the firſt News
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            of thoſe Difcoveries which were made by
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            Gallilæus his Glaſs, he brake forth into theſe
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s2708" xml:space="preserve">Videre Aſtronomos, quo pacto conſtituen-
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            di ſunt orbes Cœleſtes, ut hœc Phœnomena ſalvari
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            poſſint: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2709" xml:space="preserve">That it did behove Aſtronomers to
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            conſider of ſome other Hypotheſis, beſide that
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            of Ptolomy, whereby they might ſalve all thoſe
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            new appearances. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2710" xml:space="preserve">Intimating that this old
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            one, which formerly he had defended, would
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            not now ſerve the turn: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2711" xml:space="preserve">And doubtleſs, if he
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            had been informed how congruous all theſe
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            might have been unto the Opinion of Coper-
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            nicus, he would quickly have turned on that
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s2712" xml:space="preserve">’Tis conſiderable, that amongſt the
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            followers of Copernicus, there are ſcarce any,
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            who were not formerly againſt him; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2713" xml:space="preserve">and
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            ſuch, as at firſt, had been throughly
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            ſeaſoned with the Principles of Ariſtotle; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2714" xml:space="preserve">in
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            which, for the moſt part, they have no leſs
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            skill, than thoſe who are ſo violent in the
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s2715" xml:space="preserve">Whereas on the contrary,
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            followers of Ariſtotle and Ptolomy, that have
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s2716" xml:space="preserve">and I
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            but ſeriouſly weigh with our ſelves, that ſo
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            many ingenious, conſidering Men, ſhould
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            reject that Opinion which they were nurſed
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