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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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who profess no religion at all. How far
such an idea would have been consistent
with truth, I shall not take upon me to
determine. The Lapland girls, however,
were not without their sentiments of
religion. And before they left their own
country applied to their minister for a
certificate of their fidelity to their own
church.

The female Laplanders, with three more
as companions, walked on foot with the
five rein-deer near six hundred miles by
land before they reached Gottenburg,
where we met them and embarked
altogether for England.

You will excuse me if I digress for one
moment on the subject of these rein-deer.
These animals since their arrival in
England have bred, and are likely to become
very prolific. Monsieur Buffon and other
naturalists have affirmed that they will
never thrive or breed in any country but
Lapland. The experiment which has
been made upon this occasion will
effectually confute this idea. Few, indeed,
have had the same advantages in making it

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