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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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One day when we were at dinner with
Sir Thomas Wroughton, where agriculture
and improvements were the topic of
conversation, I could not help regretting that
so large a tract of improvable ground as I
have lately passed over, should be suffered
to continue in so rude and uncultivated a
state, which by the hand of the industrious
ploughman might become rich and fertile.
It is too true, replied a Swedish gentleman
present, but indolence and inactivity are the
constitutional failings of my countrymen,
and may probably be ascribed to the
severity of the climate in which we live. We
enjoy no mediocrity of season; there is here
no spring or natural progressive warmth to
introduce summer; neither any autumn, or
gradual decrease of heat, which might
temper the habit against so sudden a
transition to an inclement winter. Each season
from its intenseness deprives the body of
its proper and necessary exertion. This
produces inability and habitual indolence. But
though the productions of this country are
comparatively so very insignificant, yet are

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