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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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there are extensive forests dark and dismal,
long and dreary plains covered with moss,
and swampy; the prospect of which cannot
but make the inhabitant of most other
countries truly thankful for comforts which
the Laplander cannot possibly enjoy.

Yet even the native of Lapland does not
want his enjoyments.

“ Nature, a mother kind alike to all,
Still grants her bliss at labours earnest call;
With food as well the peasant is supplied
On Lapland’s cliff, as Arno’s shelvy side;
And though the rocky-crested summits frown,
These rocks by custom turn to beds of down.

                                Goldsmith’s Traveller.


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LETTER XXI



Tornao.

It has not been my intention, as it
certainly was beyond my ability, to give you
a complete history of the present state of
Lapland. To do this a long residence in
the country would be required; it would
be necessary to expose yourself to the bitter
winter blasts of this inclement region, to
climb mountains deemed inaccessible to the

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