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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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place. Though she was not now in the
meridian of youth and beauty, she danced
minuets, cotillions, and many of their own
country dances, with uncommon activity
and spirit. The inhabitants of this place,
though living as it were at a great distance
from polished society, are far from being
an unpolished people. The master of the
ceremonies paid us the utmost respect and
attention. Being ignorant of their customs,
we were, according to the English phrase,
going to take a French leave, but were
given to understand that it would be
deemed the highest disrespect if we did not
particularly salute the judge’s lady and make
a general obeisance to the whole company.
With this ceremony, though by no means
pleasant to us, we were obliged to comply.

Tornao is the chief town of West
Bothnia, about three hundred and twenty miles
north east of Stockholm, situated on a river
of the same name, which rises in Lapland,
runs south east, and falls at Tornao into the
Gulf of Bothnia. They have a tolerable
trade here in furs with the Laplanders,
their neighbours, on the west and north,

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