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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That the Moon may be a World.
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            ſo much of the Beſpotted, as there is of the En-
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            lightned parts, wherefore ’tis Probable, that
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            there is no ſuch thing at all, or elſe, that the
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            Brighter parts are the Sea.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0080-02" xlink:href="note-0080-02a" xml:space="preserve">Exercit.
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            39.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Water, by Reaſon of the Smoothneſs
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            of its Superficies, ſeems better able to Reflect
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            the Sun-Beams than the Earth, which in moſt
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            Places is ſo full of Ruggedneſs of Graſs and
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            Trees, and ſuch like Impediments of Reflexion;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">and beſides, common Experience ſhews, that the
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            Water Shines with a greater and more Glori-
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            ous Brightneſs than the Earth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">therefore it
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            ſhould ſeem that the Spots are the Earth, and
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            the Brighter parts the Water. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But to the Firſt
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            it may be Anſwered.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">There is no great Probability in this
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            Conſequence, that becauſe ’tis ſo with us, there-
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            fore it muſt be ſo with the parts of the Moon,
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            for ſince there is ſuch a Difference betwixt
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            them in Divers other Reſpects, they may not
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            perhaps Agree in this.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">That Aſſertion of Scaliger is not by all
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            granted for a Truth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Fromundus, with others,
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            think, that the Superficies of the Sea and Land,
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            in ſo much of the World as is already Diſcover-
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            ed, is equal, and of the ſame Extenſion.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0081-01" xlink:href="note-0081-01a" xml:space="preserve">De Meteo.
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            ris. l. s. c. 1.
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            Art. 1.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Orb of Thick and Vaporous Air
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            which incompaſſes theMoon, makes the Bright-
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            er parts of that Planet appear bigger than in
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            themſelves they are; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">as I ſhall ſhew after-
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            wards.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">To the Second it may be Anſwered, that
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            though the Water be of a ſmooth Superficies,
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            and ſo may ſeem moſt fit to Reverberate the
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            Light, yet becauſe ’tis of a Perſpicuous Nature</s>
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