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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            riences which Men of latter times have found
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            out, for the Confirmation of this Truth.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto him aſſents Macrobius; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whoſe
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            Words are theſe; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Terra accepto ſolis lumine cla-
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            reſcit tantummodò, non relucet. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">‘The Earth is
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            ‘ by the Sun Beams made Bright, but not able
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            ‘ to Enlighten any thing ſo far. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And his Rea-
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            ſon is, becauſe this being of a thick and Groſs
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            matter, the light is terminated in its Superſicies,
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            and cannot Penetrate into the Subſtance, where-
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            as the Moon doth therefore ſeem ſo Bright to
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            us, becauſe it receives the Beams within it ſelf.
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But the Weakneſs of this Aſſertion, may be
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            eaſily Maniſeſt by a common Experience; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">po-
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            liſhed Steel (whoſe Opacity will not give any
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            Admittance to the Raies) reſlects a ſtronger
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            Heat than Glaſs, and ſo Conſequently a greater
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            Light.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0111-01" xlink:href="note-0111-01a" xml:space="preserve">Somn. Scip.
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            l. 1. c. 19.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis the general Conſent of Philoſophers,
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            that the Reflection of the Sun-Beams from the
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            Earth doth not reach much above half a
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            Mile high, where they Terminate the firſt Re-
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            gion, ſo that to Affirm they might aſcend to
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            the Moon, were to ſay, there were but one
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            Region of Air, which Contradicts the proved
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            and received Opinion.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto this it may be Anſwered:</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">That it is indeed the common Conſent, that
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            the Reſlection of the Sun-Beams reach only to
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            the Second Region; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but yet ſome there are,
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            and thoſe too, Philoſophers, of good Note,
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            who thought otherwiſe. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus Plotinus is Cited
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            by Cælius, ſi concipiat te in ſublimi quopiam mun-
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            di loco, unde oculis ſubjiciatur terræ moles aquis
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            circumfuſa, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſolis ſyderumq; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">radiis illuſtrata,</s>
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