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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[41. PROP. XII.]
[42. PROP. XIII.]
[43. PROP. XIV.]
[44. FINIS.]
[45. A DISCOURSE Concerning a Rem Planet. Tending to prove That ’tis probable our EARTH is one of the PLANETS. The Second Book. By John Wilkins, late L. Biſhop of Cheſter.]
[46. LONDON: Printed by J. D. for John Gellibrand, at the Golden Ball in St. Paul’s Church-Yard. M.DC.LXXXIV.]
[47. To the Reader.]
[48. PROP. I.]
[49. PROP. II.]
[50. PROP. III.]
[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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            mets which have been ſeen above the Moon.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">As alſo thoſe Spots or Clouds that Encompaſs
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            the Body of the Sun, amongſt which, there
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            is a frequent Succeſſion by a Corruption of
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            the Old, and a Generation of New. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that
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            though Ariſtotle's Conſequence were ſufficient,
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            when he prov'd that the Heavens were not
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            Corruptible, becauſe there have not any
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            Changes been diſcover'd in them: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet this
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            by the ſame Reaſon muſt be as prevalent, that
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            the Heavens are Corruptible, becauſe there
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            have been ſo many Alterations obſerv'd there; </s>
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            But of theſe, together with a farther Confir-
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            mation of this Propoſition, I ſhall have occa-
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            ſion to ſpeak afterwards; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">In the mean Space,
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            I will refer the Reader to that Work of Shei-
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            nar, a late Jeſuit, which he Titles his Roſa
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            Urſina, where he may ſee this Point concern-
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            ing the Coruptibility of the Heavens, largely
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            Handled, and ſufficiently conſirm'd.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0044-01" xlink:href="note-0044-01a" xml:space="preserve">Lib. 4. par.
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            2. cap. 24.
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            35.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">There are ſome other things, on which I
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            might here take an occaſion to enlarge my
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            ſelf; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but becauſe they are directly Handled
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            by many others, and do not immediately be-
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            long to the chief matter in hand; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſhall there-
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            fore reſer the Reader to their Authors, and
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            Omit any large Proof of them my ſelf, as
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            deſiring all poſſible Brevity.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The firſt is this: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">That there are no ſolid
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            Orbs. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">If there be a Habitable World in the
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            Moon (which I now affirm) it muſt follow,
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            that her Orb is not Solid as Ariſtotle ſuppos'd;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and if not hers, why any of the other. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I ra-
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            ther think that they are all of a Fluid (per-
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            haps Aerous) Subſtance. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Saint Ambroſe, and</s>
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