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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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exceeding those of either Cumberland or
Westmorland; it abounds in pike, perch,
trout, and a variety of other fish. The
woods consist chiefly of oak, horse-chesnut,
birch, and mountain-ash, which grow tall
but are slender, owing, I imagine, to the
very thin surface of soil. The cattle which
we saw here were, in general small, the
sheep, few and bad, their clothing more
resembles hair than wool. The horses are
small, like the Welch ponies, but amazingly
active; their common posting is about nine
or ten English miles an hour. The drivers
are truly ridiculous both in manner and
appearance. They have no harness for
their carriages but use only ropes tied
together with knots, which often slip and
impede your expedition; otherwise the
velocity would be beyond the traveller’s
conception.

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LETTER IV.



Stockholm, June 8, 1786.

At length, after a long and not disagreeable
journey, in which we seldom stopped
longer than necessity required, we arrived at

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