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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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yokes the rein-deer to the carriage. There
is a cloth girt around the body of the
animal, which is fastened on the back. The
bit is a piece of small leather tacked to the
reins of the bridle over the deer’s head and
neck, and from the breast a leather strap
passing under the belly is fastened to the
fore part of the sledge which serves instead
of shafts.


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LETTER XXIII.



Tornao.

It may be expected while I am at this
place that I should say something of the
inhabitants of the neighbouring province of
Swedish-Finland. Tornao, as I have
informed you, stands at the very bead of the
Gulf of Bothnia, the eastern shore of which
is inhabited by the Finlanders, subjects of
the king of Sweden. The other division of
Finland lies further to the east, and owes
allegiance to the Empress of Russia.

The Finlanders which fell under our
observation at and near Tornao, appear to
be more uncouth in their figures, less
civilised in their manners, and less intelligible

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