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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            <s xml:space="preserve">And a little before this Paſſage, the ſame
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            Author ſpeaking of that vaporous Air about
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            the Moon, tells us, Quod circumfluus ille ſplendor
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            diverſis temporibus apparet limpidior plus minuſve
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            That it does at divers times appear of a diffe-
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            rent Clearneſs, ſometimes more, and ſome-
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            times leſs; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which he gueſſes to ariſe from the
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            Clouds and Vapours that are in it.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto this I may add another Teſtimony of
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            Bapt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Giſatus, as he is quoted by Nicrembergi-
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            us, grounded upon an Obſervation taken 23
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            Years after this of Mæſlin, and Writ to this
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            Euſeb. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nieremberg. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">in a Letter by that diligent
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            and judicious Aſtronomer. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Words of it
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            run thus; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Et quidem in eclipſi nuper a ſolari quæ
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            fuit ipſo de natali Ghriſti, obſervavi clari in luna
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            ſoli ſuppoſita, quidpiam quod valde probat id ipſum
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            quod Gometæ quoque & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">maculæ ſolares urgent, nem-
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            pe cælum non eſſe á tenuitate & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">variationibus ae-
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            ris exemptum; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">nam circalunam adverti eſſe ſphæ-
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            ram ſeu orbem quendam vaporoſum, non ſecus at-
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            que circum terram, adeoque ſicut ex terra in ali-
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            quam uſque ſphæram vapores & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">exhalationes expi-
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            rant, ita quoque ex luna. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">‘In that late Solary
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            ‘ Eclipſe which happened on Chriſtmas Day,
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            ‘ when the Moon was juſt under the Sun, I
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            ‘ plainly diſcern’d that in her, which may clear-
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            ‘ ly confirm what the Comets and Suns Spots
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            ‘ do ſeem to prove, viz. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">that the Heavens are
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            ‘ not ſolid, nor freed from thoſe Changes which
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            ‘ our Air is liable unto; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for, about the Moon
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            ‘ I perceiv’d ſuch an Orb, a vaporous Air, as
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            ‘ that is which doth encompaſs our Earth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            ‘ as Vapours and Exhalations are raiſed from
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            ‘ our Earth into this Air, ſo are they alſo from
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            ‘ the Moon.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0135-01" xlink:href="note-0135-01a" xml:space="preserve">Hiſt. Nat.
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            l. 2. c. II.</note>
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