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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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deep and sandy, and arrived at Lesver the
same night, a town situated in a wretched
country, the land producing no corn for
three years past. This circumstance
threatens them with the dreadful consequences
of a general famine; a calamity too often
experienced in this miserable country.

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LETTER XIII.



June 19, 1786.

This morning we entered Uma, a
beautiful well-built town, situated upon a fine
river of the same name, where ships are
built of large burden. The river runs on
the south side of the town, and empties itself
into the Gulf of Bothnia. It gives its
name to a part of Swedish-Lapland, in
which it has its source, from hence called
Uma-Lapmark. It is too broad to admit
of a bridge, which renders the passage very
incommodious, as the ferries are very bad
and ill supplied. The governor of
West-Bothnia resides here, which is about two
hundred and eighty miles north of
Stockholm.

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