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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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for Denmark in a small vessel, crossed the
Sound and landed at Elsinore, a place of
trade and garrisoned.

There was much superfluous trouble
and parade in examining our passport as
well as baggage. The magnificent castle
of Cronenburg stands alone by the sea, to
guard the passage. It will excite a sigh
in the breast of an Englishmen when he
views this castle, to reflect that here was
confined a few years ago the sister of his
sovereign, Matilda, the unfortunate queen
of Denmark. It is now inhabited by the
Queen Dowager of Denmark, who
generally makes it the place of her summer
residence. The passage of the Sound is
about three miles in a direct line between
the opposite shores of Sweden and
Denmark. All vessels that sail up and down
the Baltic pay a toll at this place to the
king of Denmark, and lower their top-sails
as they pass the castle of Cronenburg. This
tribute is not so much paid from any fear
of the cannon of this fortress, as from
immemorial custom, and the general law of
nations.

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