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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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The rocks which we past were picturesque
and magnificent; the vallies seemed rich, and
were clothed with a fine verdure. We
returned to dine at the English tavern, and
spent the evening with Mr. Smith.

On the 1st of June we took a view of
the Swedish ordnance, which were then
exercising for a review. It would be too
humiliating to draw a comparison between
what we saw, and the English artillery.
The soldiers, in general, look old and
inactive; their regimentals are bad and
unbecoming, especially those of the officers,
which are both whimsical, gaudy, and
ridiculously ornamented with ribbons, dyed
feathers, &c. It may not be improper in
this place to observe that the forces of
Sweden are, properly speaking, a regulated
militia. Their armies consisted formerly
of peasants who were remarkable only for
their courage and numbers. The cavalry
are supported by a rate raised upon the
nobility and gentry, according to their
estates; the infantry by the peasants.
Every farm of sixty pounds a year is
charged with a foot-soldier, who, if he
marry, has a house built at the charge of

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