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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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manner, and great condescension, which indeed
was only assumed to serve his turn,
rendered him the idol of his country, and what
added more to the patriotic zeal which
they shewed for him, was, that he was a
native of Sweden. His person is rather
low, but well made and active. It is very
singular that one side of his face does not
at all resemble the other. He delights
much in military exercises, and forms an
annual camp at a small distance from
Stockholm, where he dedicates his time to
military improvements.

The want of population, which is very
much the case in Sweden, and above all,
the want of current coin, will always give
a most effectual check to monarchical
ambition. Though the king maintains, and
personally inspects the most minute
department of state, and attaches himself to every
frugal system of regal management, yet all
is not sufficient to effect his purposes.
Necessity is a plea which even kings cannot
resist.

Whether this was the reason, or whether
he suspected some imposition in the
management of the public revenues, and

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