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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            Heavens be of one Thickneſs, and the Element
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            of Fire another, and the upper Region of Air
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            diſtinct from both theſe, and the Lower Re-
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            gion ſeveral from all the reſt, there would
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            then be ſuch a Multiplicity of Refractions, as
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            muſt neceſſarily deſtroy the Certainty of all
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            Aſtronomical Obſervations. </s>
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            conveniences might be avoided, by ſuppoſing
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            (as we do) that there is only one Orb of Va-
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            porous Air which encompaſſes our Earth, all
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            <s xml:space="preserve">or that common Providence of Nature, which
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            we may diſcern in ordinary Matters. </s>
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            a very incongruous thing for the Element of
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            Fire to be placed immediately next unto it: </s>
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            Since the Heat of this is the moſt Powerful
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            and Vigorous Quality that is amongſt all the
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            not join Extreams, but by ſomething of a mid-
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            dle Diſpoſition. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So in every Frame of our
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            Bodies, the Bones which are of a hard Sub-
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            ſtance, and the Fleſh of a ſoft, are not joined
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            together but by the Interceſſion of Membranes
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            Place, and certain it is, that Nature does not
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