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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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Our anxiety was removed in an hour or
two’s time by the man’s appearance once
more upon the stage. He came into the
yard and began to play several anticks, and
to shew us how the bear dances in the fields.

About eleven o’clock the same night the
much-renowned Professor Helands waited
on Sir Harry. His countenance and
appearance shewed that he was a true-born
son of Lapland. His age about sixty-nine.
He spoke the French language tolerably
well, and said many handsome things of the
English nation. He informed us how many
English gentlemen had visited Tornao in
his time, and shewed us letters he had
received from persons of rank in London.

There is one circumstance concerning
him I cannot omit mentioning, to shew
the high estimation in which learning is
held, and the credulity of the common
people, as well as the veneration which is paid
in unlightened nations to men of superior
knowledge. We were informed, and I
believe the circumstance was entirely
credited by the person who told us, that for
his winter amusement this learned Professor

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