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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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extraordinary circumstances; the first was,
seeing the sun at midnight at Tornao; the
second, that in crossing the ferry, a large
Salmon leaped into the boat; and lastly,
that when he attended divine service at
Gambelstaden, the parish minister ascended
the rostrum to preach before him, but
being overcome by diffidence, and awed
by the presence of majesty, returned again
to his seat without uttering a word. Here
we visited the church, which is a spacious
building superbly ornamented with gaudy
grandeur.

The same night we slept at Grot. The
clergyman of the parish was the landlord.
Not far from this place we observed two
criminals stretched upon the wheel for
murder. Capital executions are not
common in this country, and indeed are but
seldom inflicted, except in cases of murder.
On such occasions only they have not yet
laid aside the use of torture, — a proof,
among others, that the government of
Sweden has not yet attained that degree of
refinement, which in more southern
kingdoms every where prevails.

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