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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[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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            ſider how any Rugged Body would appear, be-
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            ing enlightned, you would eaſily conceive that
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            it muſt neceſſarily ſeem under ſome ſuch Gib-
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            bous unequal form, as the Moon is here repre-
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            ſented. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now for the Infallibility of theſe ap-
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            pearances, I ſhall refer the Reader to that which
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            hath been ſaid in the Sixth Propoſition.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But Gæſar la Galla affirms, that all theſe
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            appearances may conſiſt with a plainSuperficies,
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            if we ſuppoſe the parts of the Body to be ſome
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            of them Diaphanous, and ſome Opacous; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            if you Object, that the Light which is convey'd
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            to any Diaphanous part in a plain Superficies,
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            muſt be by a continued Line, whereas here there
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            appear many brighter parts among the Obſcure
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            at ſome diſtance from the reſt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To this he
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            anſwers, it may ariſe from ſome Secret Con-
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            veyances and Channels within her Body, that
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            do conſiſt of a more Diaphanous matter, which
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            being covered over with an Opacous Superfi-
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            cies, the Light paſſing through them, may break
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            out a great way off; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whereas the other parts
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            betwixt, may ſtill remain Dark. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Juſt as the
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            River Aretbuſa in Sicily, which runs under
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            ground for a great way, and afterwards breaks
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            out again. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But becauſe this is one of the cheifeſt
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            Fancies, whereby he thinks he hath fully an-
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            ſwered the Argument of this Opininion; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I will
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            therefore ſet down his anſwer in his own words
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            leſt the Reader might ſuſpect more in them,
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            than I have expreſſed. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Non eſt impoſſible cæcos
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            ductus diaphani & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">perſpicui corporis, ſed opacd
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            ſuperficie protendi, uſque in diapbanam aliquam ex
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            profundoin ſuperficiem emergentem partem, per quos
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            ductus lume inlongo poſt modum interſticio erumpat,</s>
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