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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            feign to put in a Fable, our more happy Age
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            hath found out in a Truth, and we may diſcern
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            with theſeEyes whichGalilæus hath beſtow’d as
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            far upon us, as Lynceus could with thoſe which
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            the Poets attributed unto him. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But if you yet
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            doubt, whether all theſe Obſervations were
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            true, the ſame Author may conſirm you, when
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            he ſays they were ſhewed, Non uni aut alteri,
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            ſed quam plurimis, neque gregariis hominibus, ſed
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            præcipuis atque diſciplinis omnibus, necnon Ma-
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            thematicis & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Opticis prœceptis optimè inſtructis
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            ſedulâ ac diligenti inſpectione. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">‘Not to one or
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            ‘ two, but to very many, and thoſe not ordi-
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            ‘ nary Men, but to thoſe who were well vers’d
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            ‘ in Mathematicks and Opticks, and that not
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            ‘ with a meer glance, but with a ſedulous and
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            ‘ diligent Inſpection. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And leaſt any ſcruple
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            might remain unanſwer’d, or you might think
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            the Men who beheld all this, tho’ they might
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            be skilful, yet they came with credulous minds,
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            and ſo were more eaſie to be deluded: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">He
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            adds, that it was ſhewed, Viris qui ad experi-
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            menta hæc contradicendi animo acceſſerant. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">‘To
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            ‘ ſuch as were come with a great deal of Pre-
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            ‘ judice, and an intent oſ Contradiction. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus
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            you may ſee the certainty of thoſe Experiments
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            which were taken by this Glaſs. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I have ſpoken
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            the more concerning it, becauſe I ſhall borrow
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            many things in my farther Diſcourſe, from
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            thoſe Diſcoveries which were made by it.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0071-02" xlink:href="note-0071-02a" xml:space="preserve">Ibid. c. @@.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0072-01" xlink:href="note-0072-01a" xml:space="preserve">cap. I.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0072-02" xlink:href="note-0072-02a" xml:space="preserve">cap. 5.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I have now Cited ſuch Authors both Anci-
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            ent and Modern, who have directly maintain’d
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            the ſame Opinion. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I told you you likewiſe in
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            the Propoſition, that it might probably be de-
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            duc’d from the Tenents of others: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſuch were</s>
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