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HISTORY OF NEW-YORK. BOOK FIRST. CONTAINING DIVERS INGENIOUS
THEORIES AND PHILOSOPHIC SPECULATIONS CONCERNING THE CREATION AND
POPULATION OF THE WORLD, AS CONNECTED WITH THE HISTORY OF NEW YORK.
CHAP I. Description of the World. According to the bt anthorities,
the world in which we dwell is a hnge, opaque, reflecting,
inanimate mass, floating in the vast ethereal ocean of infinite
space. It has the form of an mange, being an oblate spheroid,
curiously flattened at opposite parts, for the insertion of two
imaginary poles, which are supposed to penetrate and unite at the
centre; tbus forming an axis, on which the mighty orange turns with
a regular dinrnal revolution. The transitions of light and
darkness, whence proceed the alternations of day and night, are
produced by this dinrnal revolution successively presenting the
different, parts of the earth to the rays of the Huii. The latter
is according to the best, that is to say, the latest accounts, a
luminous or fiery hody, of a prodigious magnitnde, from which this
world is driven by a centrifngal or repelling power, and to which
it is drawn by a centripetal or attractive force; otherwise called
the attraction of gravitation; the comhination, or rather the
counteraction ofthese two opposing impulses producing a circular
nnd anunal revolution. Hence result the different seasons of the
year, viz. spring, summer, antumn, and winter. This I believe to be
the most approved modern theory on the subject?thongh there be many
philosophers who have entertained very different opinions; some too
of them entitled to much deference from their great antiquity and
illustrious characters. Tbus it was advanced by some of the ancient
sages, that the earth was an extended plain, supported by vast
pillars; and by others, that it r...
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