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">For the better Illuſtration oſ this, we may
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            conſider ſeveral ways whereby divers Bodies
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            are enlightned. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Either as Water, by admit-
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            ting the Beams into its Subſtance; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or as Air
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            and thin Clouds, by Tranſmitting their Rays
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            quite thorow their Bodies; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or as thoſe things
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            which are of an Opacous Nature, and ſmooth
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            Superficies, which reflect the Light only in
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            one place; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or elſe, as thoſe things which are
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            of an Opacous Nature, and Rugged Superſi-
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            cies, which by a kind of Circumfluous Re-
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            flexion, are at the ſame time Diſcernable in
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            many places, as our Earth, and the Moon.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It is Compact, and not a Spungey and
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            Porous Subſtance. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But this is denyed by (a)
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            Diogenes, (b) Vitellio, (c) Reinoldus, and ſome
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            other, who held the Moon to be of the ſame
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            kind of Nature as a Pumice-Sone; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and this,
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            ſay they, is the reaſon why in the Suns Eclipſes
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            there appears within her a duskiſh ruddy Co-
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            lour, becauſe the Sun Beams being Refracted
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            in paſſing through the Pores of her Body, muſt
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            neceſſarily be Repreſented under ſuch a Co-
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            lour.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0052-01" xlink:href="note-0052-01a" xml:space="preserve">2</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0052-02" xlink:href="note-0052-02a" xml:space="preserve">a Plut. de
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            pla. phil.
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            l. 2. c. 13.
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            b Opt.lib.4.
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            c Com. Pur-
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            bac. Theo.p.
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            164.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But I Reply, if this be the Cauſe of her
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            Redneſs, then why doth ſhe not appear under
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            the ſame Form when ſhe is about a Sextile Aſ-
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            pect, and the Darkned part of her Body is
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            Diſcernable? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for then alſo do the ſame Rays
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            paſs through Her, and therefore in all likely-
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            hood ſhould produce the ſame Effect; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            notwithſtanding thoſeBeams are then diverted
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            from us, that they cannot enter into our Eyes
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            by a ſtraight Line, yet muſt the Colour ſtill
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            remain Viſible in her Body. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And beſides, ac-</s>
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