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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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feet of man, to live in the dark and dirty
huts of the native inhabitants, and to feed
upon slender cheese, or the powdered bark
of some neighbouring tree. Now you know
me too well to imagine that I would be thus
liberal of my labours for the benefit of the
world. Fatigue and hunger are but
miserable companions. Yet I will not say, how
far curiosity and the love of novelty would
carry me, to become better acquainted with
this polar clime and country. You must,
however, content yourself with such
observations as I have been able to give you; and
that you may not say I have carried you
over so many lakes and mountains, through
so many forests and plains, without offering
one agreeable repast to your mind, I feel
myself inclined to give you Thompson’s
beautiful description of the scenes I have
been describing. There is another
advantage I intend from this long quotation;
and that is, if my reflections do not
corroborate the sentiments of the poet, the poet
will at least justify and illustrate my
reflections. After describing the “martial
hordes” of the north, this poet of nature
proceeds,

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