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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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LETTER XXXIV.



Stockholm.

In the northern parts of Sweden fruit-trees
seldom or never arrive at any degree of
perfection, but the inexhaustible forests
liberally compensate that defect. Even the
most barren mountains are singularly
productive of trees, more particularly of the
pine-tree, which will shoot from the
smallest fissures of the rocks, and thrive much
better than when carefully planted in a
good soil. The fir-tree thrives best in an
independent situation (if I may be allowed
the expression) when the seeds are scattered
abroad by the keen northern blast. This
is the easiest method of propagating this
tree, and the most likely way to make it
flourish. Collect the cones which contain
the seed, hang them up till perfectly dry,
then commit the seed which is small and
light, to the spontaneous distribution of the
wind. There is a peculiar moss adherent
to these trees, which in winter and the
deepest snows is a natural provender to the
rein-deer: its quality is of the same nature
with that which grows upon the rocks on

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