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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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and the Finlanders who inhabit the eastern
side of the Gulf.


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LETTER XVI.



Tomao, June.

It is our fortune to be at Tornao on
Mid-summer-day — a day always celebrated with
the greatest festivity in Sweden. The
boors flock to this place in great numbers
from the surrounding country, and
endeavour to amuse themselves in various ways.
Their curiosity has been very much excited
by Sir H. G. L.’s landau, which they have
viewed with much admiration. They are
also as desirous of seeing us as we can
possibly be of observing them. For this
purpose, through ignorance or curiosity, I will
not call it impertinence, they are continually
staring at us through the windows of our
dining-room.

I must now relate an adventure, though
of no great importance, yet as it amused
us, I shall have your pardon for so doing.
In the evening a stout Finlander laid his
elbows upon the window, and without
much ceremony called to us frequently for
brandy. We nodded to him as we were
drinking our wine, while he continued to

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