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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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circumstance during the summer season; but,
alas! a long and dreary winter reverses the
scene and involves them in continual
darkness. Yet this is not quite so dismal as
might be imagined. The aurora borealis
appears with peculiar splendor in all
northern countries, and supplies in some
degree the place of the sun. The stars too
in their clear frosty nights shed an
agreeable light, and enable them without much
impediment to follow many of their
ordinary occupations.


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LETTER XV.



Tornao, June 25th.

As we had great need of rest, after a
journey of eight hundred miles, through
a country destitute of every comfort
and convenience of life, it was thought
expedient to halt at this place yesterday and
today. The town is situated on the confines
of Finland. The languages both of the
Laplanders and the Finlanders are spoken
here. Our interpreter being well skilled
in all the dialects of this country, we met

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