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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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that purpose. It is surrounded by a fine
navigable water which communicates with
many lakes and rivers. The inhabitants
seem to be an inanimate sort of people,
neither desirous to please nor giving themselves
much trouble to shew their displeasure.

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LETTER XIV.



Tornao, 24th Jane.

After leaving Pithia and passing over
a large extent of country, very little of
which is good, a better prospect presents
itself before us. Here plenty might have been
expected from the apparent good quality
of the soil if the people were inclined to
industry. But, alas! on account of their
indolence, and ignorance in the art of
agriculture,——poverty, scanty poverty,
continues to oppress them.

After crossing a very indifferent ferry,
we arrived at a small but neat town
called Gambelstaden, where it is recorded,
that King Charles XI. of Sweden, on his
return from Tornao, humourously declared,
that he had in his tour met with three very

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