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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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lies an appeal to the county, and from that
to the high court in Copenhagen where the
king is supposed to preside. There is one
circumstance however attending this, from
which a free people cannot but revolt,—
that is, the king or his counsellors can alter
or explain any matter of dispute, according
to his or their pleasure. Bettor therefore
is it, to be subject to all the prolixity as
well as perplexity of law, than to have our
property and persons dependent on the nod
of, perhaps, a capricious tyrant, or
interested judges.

The nobility, though they resign their
power to the crown, still exercise great
authority over the peasantry, whom they
keep in a state of vassalage. It were to be
wished, that this species of oppression
might be entirely exploded in all the
kingdoms of the continent as it is in our own.
The cultivators of land would then rise to
a proper importance in the scale of subjects.
Then would they feel their consequence;
agriculture would be pursued with
diligence, and their toil would be crowned with
success.

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