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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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passenger it immediately rises to its proper
height.

Were it not for the intense cold and
drifted snow, a passage over the rivers and
lakes in winter would be as much more
commodious for the traveller, as it is for the
business and intercourse of the inhabitants,
who are safely conveyed over the ice in
sledges at the rate of fifteen English miles
an hour.

I have often observed in this country,
though in so high a northern latitude,
especially near towns, without even the benefit
of manure, a rich natural herbage, from
whence it is obvious that grass and tillage
don’t delight both in the same climate, as
there is often very little corn, and that of a
very inferior quality, where grass is both
plentiful and luxuriant. As for the
esculent productions of gardens, these they have
neither taste nor industry for, nor even
curiosity to promote; except indeed a kind
of turnip, which is useful in their soups,
tobacco, and flax, which I have observed
in small quantities near huts and cottages.
This, I think, is the utmost extent of their
improvements in agriculture.

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