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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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. X.</head>
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">That there is an Atmo-ſphæra, or an Orb of groſs,
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          Vaporous Air, immediately encompaſſing the
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          body of the Moon.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">AS that part of our Air which is neareſt
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            to the Earth, is of a thicker Subſtance
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            than the other, by reaſon ’tis always mixed
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            with ſome Vapours, which are continually
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            exhaled into it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So is it equally requiſit, that
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            if there be a World in the Moon, that the Air
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            About that, ſhould be alike qualified with
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            ours. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now, that there is ſuch an Orb of groſs
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            Air, was firſt of all (for ought I can read)
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            obſerved by Meſlin, afterwards aſſented unto
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            by Keplar and Galilæus, and fince by Baptiſta
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            Giſatus, Scheiner, with others, all of them con-
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            firming it by the ſame Arguments which I
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            ſhall only cite, and then leave this Propoſition.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0104-01" xlink:href="note-0104-01a" xml:space="preserve">Vide Euſeb.
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            Nierem. de
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            Nat. Hiſt.
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            l. 2. c. 11.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis not improbable that there ſhould be
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            a Sphere of groſſer Air about the Moon, be-
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            cauſe'tis obſerv'd, that there are ſuch kind of
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            Evaporations which proceed from the Sun it
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            ſelf. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For there are diſcover'd divers movea-
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            ble Spots, like Clouds, that do encompaſs his
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            Body; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which thoſe Authors, who have been
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            moſt frequently vers'd in theſe kind of Expe-
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            riments and Studies, do conclude to be nothing
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            elſe but Evaporations from it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Probabi-
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            lity and Truth of which Obſervations may al-
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            ſo be inferr'd from ſome other appearances. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As,</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0104-02" xlink:href="note-0104-02a" xml:space="preserve">So A. D.
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            1547.
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            April 24.
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            to the 28.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It hath been obſerv'd, that the Sun hath
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            ſometimes for the ſpace of four days together,</s>
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