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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            one Medium, and thereſore between thoſe
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            two Oppoſite Elements of Earth and Water,
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            it may ſeem more convenient to place only
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            the Air, which ſhall partake of Middle Qua-
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            lities different from both.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">5. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Fire does not ſeem ſo properly and di-
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            rectly to be oppos'd to any thing as Ice; </s>
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            if the one be not an Element, why ſhould the
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            <s xml:space="preserve">If you object that the Fire which we com-
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            monly uſe, does always tend upwards. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I an-
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            ſwer, This cannot prove that there is a natu-
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            ral place for ſuch an Element, ſince our Ad-
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            verſaries do grant, that culinary and elementary
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            Fire are of different kinds. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The one does
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            Burn, Shine, and Corrupt its Subjects; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">the
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            other diſagrees from it in all theſe reſpects:
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            <s xml:space="preserve">And therefore from the Aſcent of the one, we
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            cannot properly infer the Being or Scituation
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            of the other.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But for your further Satisfaction herein,
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            you may peruſe Gardan; </s>
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            Learned Frenchman, the Noble Tycho, with
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            divers others, who have purpoſely Handled
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            this Propoſition.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I might add a Third, viz. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">that there is no
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            Muſick of the Spheres; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for if they be not
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            Solid, how can their Motion cauſe any ſuch
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            Sound as is Conceiv'd? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I do the rather meddle
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            with this, becauſe Plutarch ſpeaks as if a Man
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            might very conveniently hear that Harmony,
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            if he were an Inhabitant in the Moon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But I
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            gueſs that he ſaid this out of Incogitancy, and
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            did not well conſider theſe neceſſary Conſe-
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            quences which depend upon his Opinion. </s>
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