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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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rather too much. Even ladies, who by no
means deserve an improper epithet, comply
with this pernicious custom. It is usual
in this country, previous to dinner, for the
company to assemble round the side-board,
and to regale themselves with bread,
butter, cheese, or any thing of that nature,
which preface is regularly followed in both
sexes by a bumper of brandy. This custom
in the fair sex reminds me of a set of rules
which I have seen for the regulation of a
Russian assembly. It concludes with this
remarkable injunction—“ N. B. Ladies are
not to be drunk before ten o’clock.”

I had occasion in a former letter to
mention the distilleries of this kingdom. I
cannot omit, though a circumstance I never
before heard of, to inform you that grain
is not the only ingredient used in Sweden
for the distilling of spirits. The
low-priced brandies are made from rye and ants,
a species of insect very plentiful in this
country.

Upon inquiry I find, that “Ants
supply a resin, an oil, and an acid, which
have been deemed of considerable service

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