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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            confuſed Figure, and doth not repreſent any
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            diſtinct Image, ſo that both in reſpect of the
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            matter, and the Form, it may be probable e-
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            nough, that thoſe ſpots and brighter parts may
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            ſhew the diſtinction betwixt the Sea and Land
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            in that other World.</s>
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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. VIII.</head>
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">The Spots repeſent the Sea, and the brighter parts
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          the Land.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">WHen I firſt compar'd the Nature of our
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            Earth and Water, with thoſe appearan-
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            ces in the Moon; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I concluded contrary to the
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            Propoſition, that the brighter Parts repreſented
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            the Water, and the Spots the Land; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">of this
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            Opinion likewiſe was Keplar at the firſt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But
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            my ſecond Thoughts, and the reading of others,
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            have now convinced me (as after he was) of
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            the Truth of that Propoſition which I have
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            now ſet down. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Before I come to the Confir-
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            mation of it, I ſhall mention thoſe Scruples,
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            which at firſt made me doubt the Truth of this
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            Opinion.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0080-01" xlink:href="note-0080-01a" xml:space="preserve">Opt. Aſtro.
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            c. 6. num. 9.
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            Diſſert.
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            cum nuncio
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            Gal.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It may be Objected, ’tis Probable, if there
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            be any ſuch Sea and Land as ours, that it bears
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            ſome Proportion and Similitude with ours, but
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            now this Propoſition takes away all Likeneſs
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            betwixt them. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For whereas the Superficies of
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            our Earth is but the Third part of the whole
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            Surface in the Globe. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Two Parts being over-
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            ſpread with the Water (as Scaliger Obſerves)
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            yet here, according to this Opinion, the Sea
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            ſhould be leſs than the Land, ſince there is not</s>
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