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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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poor peasants, the singularity of whose
apparel and lank hair formed a remarkable
contrast with those who went before. Yet,
though appearances don’t favour those
people, I was well informed that they are far
from being deficient in the politics of their
own country, and wonderfully skilled in the
knowledge of their own national
constitution. They are firm in opinion, neither to
be bribed or biased, but adhere strictly to
the welfare and credit of their nation.

These people are particularly and most
vigorously attentive to the actions and
honour of the Senate, which is composed
of fourteen senators. Though the peasants
themselves are excluded from voting for
the election of a senator, yet the Senate is
always accountable to the Diet, of which
they make a part, for every transaction of
its administration. So that the peasants
have the power of checking the irregularity
or encroaching power of a presumptuous
noble. Neither will they admit the most
trifling infringement of any constitutional
privilege whatever. Rights of such
importance, though vested, as may be
imagined, in an illiterate race of people, produce

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