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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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confidence of these old people! Nothing but
the idea that their daughters would return
loaden with opulence, probably could have
tempted them to have parted from them.
Though even this is not apparent, as they
were not so mercenary as to expect to be
bribed into their consent. Will it be
allowed me to reason from hence, that the
nearer we approach to a state of nature,
the less the human mind ts subject to
suspicions? There are philosophers that
would pursue this idea through all its
windings: but as I pretend not to so exalted
a character, I shall, after having started
the game, suffer you to pursue it,
according to your own pleasure.

When our Lapland female friends had
determined to undertake the journey, among
other questions, they desired to knew
whether there were any churches in England.
I know not what idea they could have
formed of this country. Probably they
imagined that it was something like their
own, and that the inhabitants consisted
partly of professors of the reformed
religion, and partly of Pagans or of those

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