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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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rocky country, very different from the last
stage. There was no entertainment to the
eye for many miles till we came to
Stromsholm, a palace belonging to the king of
Sweden; a very poor mansion for royalty
indeed, but delightfully situated upon the
lake Meller, which extends as far as
Stockholm. The king’s stables in this place are
thought magnificent and worth the
traveller’s notice, but in my opinion the very
contrary is the truth. They are little better
than our Yorkshire barns. They contain
twenty-two horses, which are esteemed
beautiful in Sweden. No straw is here
used for bedding, but the horses lie upon
boards. So far I must acknowledge, from
my own observation, that this method of
treating horses is preferable to our own.
Through all Sweden and Denmark you
seldom see a lame or foundered horse,
which is not the case in England. The
reason undoubtedly is, that they are
rendered more tender by standing on a hot bed
produced by their own litter.

On the next day we pursued our journey
to Stockholm, not without hopes that we
should reach our temporary home before

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