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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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obstinate; a quality which we fully experienced
in our posting through that country. The
driver indeed is not so much to be blamed,
as he has the sanction of the police to
travel only at the rate of five miles an hour ;
but a worse privilege is that of stopping
where and when he pleases, so that you are
totally at the mercy of an obstinate drone,
whom nothing can enliven but the touch
of a Danish ducat. The king is now
disqualified from holding the reins of
government; that power is for the most part
invested in the young prince and council.
The prince of Denmark is much and
deservedly respected by his people. He
conducts himself with great affability and
judgment. His chief amusements, and
those in which he takes great pleasure, are
military manœuvres. Neither is literature
without a share in the attention of this
amiable character. No small part of his
own private fortune is destined to the
promotion of learning and the encouragement
of learned men. This is a singular instance
in the history of nations; and there is great
reason to hope, that the beautiful

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