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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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There is no very essential difference
between this country and those of the
neighbouring latitudes. Their fish, fowl, and
wild animals, are much the same, though
preference has sometimes been given to the
Finland fish. The lakes, though of a
pacific appearance, and presenting to the
eye a transparent glassy surface, are often
turbulent and stormy, so that many instances
have occurred of vessels, even of large
burthens, being ship-wrecked.

The religion of the inhabitants of
Finland, like those of Lapland, is the Lutheran.
But alas! much is still wanting to make them
real Christians. It would be a charitable
action, nay I could go farther and say, that it
is the duty of all the neighbouring sovereigns
to endeavour to inculcate the knowledge of
true Christianity into this yet unenlightened
people. They are not separated by
unnavigable seas or inaccessible mountains.
Their understandings, though unimproved,
are not mean: their tempers, though
rough and uncivilised, are yet gentle
enough to receive instruction. It would be
a glorious act to undertake to civilise this

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