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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[11. PROP. V.]
[12. PROP. VI.]
[13. PROP. VII.]
[14. PROP. VIII.]
[15. PROP. IX.]
[16. PROP. X.]
[17. PROP. XI.]
[18. PROP. XII.]
[19. PROP. XIII.]
[20. PROP. XIV.]
[21. The Firſt Book. That the MOON May be a WORLD. The Firſt Propoſition, by way of Preface.]
[22. Sed vanus ſtolidis hæc omnia finxerit Error.]
[23. Solis lunæq; labores.]
[24. Cum fruſtra reſonant æra auxiliaria Lunæ.]
[25. Una laboranti poterit ſuccerrere Lunæ.]
[26. Gantus & è cælo poſſunt deducere Lunam.]
[27. Cantus & ſi curru lunam deducere tentant, Et facerent, ſi non æra repulſa ſonant.]
[28. PROP. II. That a Plurality of Worlds doth not contradict any Principle of Reaſon or Faith.]
[29. Æſtuas infelix auguſto limite mundi.]
[30. PROP. III. That the Heavens do not conſiſt of any ſuch pure Matter, which can priviledge them from the like Change and Corruption, as theſe Inferiour, Bodies are liable unto.]
[31. Necnon Oceano paſci phæbumque polumq; Gredimus.]
[32. PROP. IV. That the Moon is a Solid, Compacted, Opacous Body.]
[33. PROP. V. That the Moon hath not any Light of her own.]
[34. PROP. VI. That there is a World in the Moon, bath been the direct Opinion of many Ancient, with ſome Modern Mathematicians, and may probably de deduc’d from the Tenents of others.]
[35. PROP. VII. That thoſe Spots and brighter parts, which by our ſight may be diſtinguiſhed in the Moon, do ſhew the difference betwixt the Sea and Land, in that other World.]
[36. PROP. VIII. The Spots repeſent the Sea, and the brighter parts the Land.]
[37. PROP. IX. That there are high Mountains, deep Vallies, and ſpacious Plains in the Body of the Moon.]
[38. PROP. X. That there is an Atmo-ſphæra, or an Orb of groſs, Vaporous Air, immediately encompaſſing the body of the Moon.]
[39. PROP. XI. That as their World is our Moon, ſo our World is their Moon.]
[40. Provehimur portu, terræque urbeſque recedunt.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
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            neſs, whereas then he could only ſee ſome
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            ſmall parts of it; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but how much Brighter
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            would it have appeared if he might in a direct
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            Line behold the whole Globe of Earth, and
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            theſe Rays gathered together? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that if we
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            Conſider that great Light which the Earth re-
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            ceives from the Sun in the Summer, and then
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            Supoſe we were in the Moon, where we might
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            ſee the whole Earth hanging in thoſe vaſt
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            Spaces, where there is nothing to Terminate
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            the Sight, but thoſe Beams which are there
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            Contracted into a little Compaſs; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſay, if we
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            do well Conſider this, we may eaſily Conceive
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            that our Earth appears as Bright to thoſe
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            other Inhabitants in the Moon, as their doth
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            to us.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But here it may be Objected, that with us,
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            for many Days in the Year, the Heavens are ſo
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            overclouded, that we cannot ſee the Sun at
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            all, and for the moſt part, in our brighteſt
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            Days, there are many ſcattered Clouds, which
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            ſhade the Earth in ſundry Places; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo that in
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            this Reſpect, it muſt needs be unlike the
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            Moon and will not be able to yeild ſo clear,
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            unintermited a Light, as it Receives from that
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            Planet;</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">To this I Anſwer.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As for thoſe leſſer brighter Clouds
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            which for the moſt part are Scattered up and
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            down in the cleareſt Days, theſe can be no
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            Reaſon why our Earth ſhould be of a Darker
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            appearance, becauſe theſeClouds being near un-
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            to the Earth, and ſo not Diſtinguiſhable at ſo
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            great a Diſtance from it, and likewiſe being
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            Illuminated on their back Parts by the Sun</s>
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