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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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LETTER X.



Stockholm.

The late Dowager Queen, who was
sister to his late Majesty of Prussia, opposed
many of the present king’s public measures,
and shewed great disapprobation of her
son’s partiality to the customs and manners
of the French; which, as it was likely, did
not fail to give the French several
advantages, the consequence of such delusion.
That politic people, in this case, did not
omit the improvement of so favourable an
opportunity of advancing their interests.
At length by gradual approaches and
unsuspected subtilty they made an invaluable
purchase, and became possessors of a great
part of the harbour of Gottenburg. This
so greatly displeased the Dowager Queen,
that, from that time, she absented herself
from the court and retired to the small but
beautiful palace, built in the garden at
Drodenholm.

It would be wrong to pass over the
character of this lady in silence. She
partook of many of the strong mental qualities

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