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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            may find moſt of theſe, and ſome other Exam-
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            ples to this purpoſe, gather’d together by Mendo-
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            ca Virida. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">lib. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">4. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Prob. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">23, 24. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now, if this Ele-
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            mentary Air which is mixed with ſuch Impro-
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            per Vapors, may Accidentally Nouriſh ſome
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            Perſons; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Perhaps then, that pure Æthereal Air
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            may of it ſelf be more natural to our Tempers.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0163-02" xlink:href="note-0163-02a" xml:space="preserve">The Air.</note>
            <note symbol="*" position="right" xlink:label="note-0163-03" xlink:href="note-0163-03a" xml:space="preserve">Hiſt. li. 8
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            cap. 33.
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            Polyhiſter.
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            cap. 53.</note>
            <note symbol="*" position="right" xlink:label="note-0163-04" xlink:href="note-0163-04a" xml:space="preserve">Lop. hiſt.
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            Ind. Occid.
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            cap. 96.
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            Majolus
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            Colleq. 3.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0163-05" xlink:href="note-0163-05a" xml:space="preserve">’Tis likely
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            that theſe
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            Birds do
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            chiefly re-
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            ſide in the
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            Æthereal
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            Air, where
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            they are
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            nouriſhed
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            and up-
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            held.</note>
            <note symbol="*" position="right" xlink:label="note-0163-06" xlink:href="note-0163-06a" xml:space="preserve">De Piſ-
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            cibus. lib. 1.
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            cap. 13.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But if none of theſe Conjectures may Satisfie;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">yet there may Happily be ſome Poſſible means
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            for the Conveiance of other Food, as ſhall be
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            ſhewed afterwards.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Again, ſeeing we do not then Spend our
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            ſelv s in any Labour, we ſhall not, it may be,
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            need the Refreſhment of Sleep. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But if we do,
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            we cannot deſire a Softer Bed than the Air,
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            where we may Repoſe our ſelves Firmly and
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            Safely as in our Chambers.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But here you may ask, whether there be any
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            means for us to know, how far this Sphere of
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            the Earths Vertue does Extend it ſelf?</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer, ’tis probable that it does not reach
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            much farther than that Orb of thick vaporous
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            Air, that incompaſſeth the Earth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">becauſe ’tis
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            likely the Sun may exhale ſome Eartthly Va-
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            porous Air, that incompaſſeth the Earth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">be-
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            cauſe ’tis likely the Sun may exhale ſome
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            Earthly Vapors, near unto the utmoſt bounds
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            of the Sphere allotted to them.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Now there are divers ways uſed by Aſtrono-
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            mers, to make the altitude of this Vaporous
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            Air. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As,</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">By obſerving the height of that Air which
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            cauſeth the Grepuſculum, Twi-light; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for the
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            finding of which, the Antients uſed this means:
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            <s xml:space="preserve">As ſoon as ever they could Diſcern the Air in</s>
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