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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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sleeping; but, alas! the want of beds obliged
us to travel for the rest of the night.

The next day about noon we arrived at
Veda with a strong inclination to dine, but
were much disappointed; famine and dirt
having got a prior possession of that place.
Our mortification was not a little increased
by being detained with such disagreeable
companions. We attempted to cross a very
large lake in a small boat, but were not able
from the inactivity or inexperience of the
watermen who were afraid to take charge
of the carriage, the wind blowing rather
strong. Ferry boats of a large burthen
not being used here, we were obliged to
lash two small boats together, by which
means, though with no small difficulty, the
carriage got safe over. But our distresses
did not cease here. Either through the
wilful negligence of the boors or indolence
of our host, no horses could be procured
for seven hours; this indeed was a further
and unexpected intrusion on the small
remnant of patience we had left. But time,
the surmounter of all difficulties, at length
released us, and brought us to the town of

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