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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            ‘ on of the Phythagoreans, that the Moon is an
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            ‘ other Earth, then her Brighter parts may fitly
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            ‘ Repreſent the Earths Superficies, and the
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            ‘ Darker part the Water: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and for my part, I
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            ‘ never Doubted but that our Earthly Globe
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            ‘ being Shined upon by the Sun, and beheld at
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            ‘ a great Diſtance, the Land would appear
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            ‘ Brighteſt, and the Sea more Obſcurely. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The
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            ‘ Reaſons may be.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0083-02" xlink:href="note-0083-02a" xml:space="preserve">De facie
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            lun.
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            Dbſſertatis
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            Nunc. Syd.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">That which I urged about the foregoing
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            Chapter, becauſe the Water is the Thinner part,
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            and therefore muſt give leſs Light.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Since the Stars and Planets, by Reaſon of
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            their Brightneſs, are Uſually concluded to be
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            the Thicker parts of her Orb.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Water is in it ſelf of a Blacker Colour
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            (ſaith Ariſtotle) and therefore more Remote
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            from Light than the Earth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Any parts of the
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            Ground being Moiſtened with Rain, does Look
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            much more Darkly than when it is Dry.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0084-01" xlink:href="note-0084-01a" xml:space="preserve">In lib. de
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            coloribus</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis obſerved that the ſecondary Light
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            of the Moon (which afterwards is proved to
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            proceed from our Earth) is ſenſibly brighter
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            unto us, for two or three days before the
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            Conjunction, in the morning when ſhe appears
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            Eaſtward, then about the ſame time after the
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            Conjunction, when ſhe is ſeen in the Weſt.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">The Reaſon of which muſt be this, becauſe
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            that part of the Earth which is oppoſite to
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            the Moon in the Eaſt, has more Land in it
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            than Sea. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Whereas on the contrary, the Moon
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            when ſhe is in the Weſt, is ſhined upon that
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            part of our Earth where there is more Sea. </s>
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            than Land, from whence it will follow with
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            good probability that the Earth does caſt a
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            greater Light than the Water.</s>
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