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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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the fidelity of his servants, so far as
pecuniary ability will permit. When this
cannot be done, which is sometimes the case,
he very judiciously confers honours and
distinctions, titles, stars, and ribbons. These
honours he confers promiscuously on all
ranks and stations; neither regarding birth
or any family distinction whatever. This
policy, adopted now by the sovereigns of
most countries, rewards merit at a small
expense, and procures an additional
number of retainers to the court. He uses the
same means for the encouragement of
literature and in promoting the arts and
sciences. In this country, and a happy
distinction it is, even the lowest mechanic
is encouraged by a reward, equal to the
ingenuity which he possesses. This
proper policy cannot fail in the end of
producing good effects throughout the Swedish
dominions, and affords an example worthy
the imitation of the most civilized kingdoms.


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