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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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The same night we arrived at Richlea,
the first town at which we slept in Lapland.
The roads here are like those we had left,
with rocks, woods, and, in the height of
summer, burning sands. The town of
Richlea vies with, and indeed far surpasses,
the towns in the Swedish territories in dirt
and poverty. Beds there were indeed, if
such they might he called, which we lay
upon, and by the assistance of fatigue
contrived to slept till morning. By day we
were bit by the musqueto-fly, and during
the night by insects of a nature equally
disagreeable to our feelings. Our faces,
legs, and bodies were so immoderately
swelled as to render us truly pitiable
objects. We left that place to free ourselves
from such an uncomfortable situation, as
early as possible.

On the next day we arrived very early at
a small village called Gumboda. Here
we were entertained with an encampment
of Swedish soldiers, which made a very
indifferent military appearance. From their
awkwardness and apparent want of
discipline, I took them for some new-raised

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