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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            every one of them is allotted to a ſeveral Orb,
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            and not altogether in one, as the fixed Stars
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            ſeem to be. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But this would be too much for
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            to vent at the firſt: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">the chief thing at which
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            I now aim in this Diſcourſe, is to prove that
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            there may be one in the Moon.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">It hath been before confirm’d, that there
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            was a Sphere of thick vaporous Air encom-
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            paſſing the Moon, as the firſt and ſecond
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            Regions do this Earth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I have now ſhewed,
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            that thence ſuch Exhalations may pro-
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            ceed as do produce the Comets: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now from
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            hence it may probably follow, that there may
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            be Wind alſo and Rain, with ſuch other Me-
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            teors, as are common amongſt us. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This Con-
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            ſequence is ſo dependent, that Fromondus dares
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            not deny it, though he would (as he confeſſes
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            himſelf) for if the Sun be able to exhale from
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            them ſuch Fumes as may cauſe Comets, why
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            not ſuch as may cauſe Winds, why not then
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            ſuch alſo as may cauſe Rain, ſince I have above
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            ſhewed, that there is Sea and Land, as with
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            us ? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now Rain ſeems to be more eſpecially
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            requiſite for them, ſince it may allay the Heat
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            and Scorchings of the Sun, when he is over
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            their Heads. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And Nature hath thus provided
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            for thoſe in Peru, with the Other Inhabitants
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            under the Line.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0133-01" xlink:href="note-0133-01a" xml:space="preserve">De meteor.
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            l. 3. c. 23
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            Art. 6.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But if there be ſuch great and frequent Al-
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            terations in the Heavens, why cannot we dif-
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            cern them ?</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I Anſwer:</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">There may be ſuch, and we not able to
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            perceive them, becauſe of the weakneſs of
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            our Eye, and the diſtance of thoſe places from</s>
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