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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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’Tis true their mode of dress appears at
first sight rather singular to a stranger, as
in some degree divesting them of elegance;
but that soon wears off and becomes
reconciled to us by fashion, the modern corrector
of all absurdities. In honour and
justification of the Swedish fair, this peculiar merit
must certainly be allowed them, they
possess a stability of temper, and are by no
means prone to frequent and fantastic
changes either of mind or apparel; neither
are they subject to the extremes of
decoration, but observe a strict mediocrity. They
are not actuated by that spirit of emulation
which we may observe in some countries
that we know, neither do they endeavour
to exceed or excel one another in distinctions
of this trifling nature.

Music is esteemed one of the most polite
accomplishments among the ladies; it is
indeed almost a general science in this
country. Many of their music-masters are
in high repute, and that vocation is thought
so honourable as to introduce them to all
assemblies, with people of the first
distinction. The church music of the Swedes,

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