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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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estates of the kingdom, which are thus
divided: First, the nobility. Secondly, the
clergy. Thirdly, the burgers. And
fourthly, the peasants. Every military person
of rank, from a general to a captain, has the
privilege of sitting in council and giving
his vote. The clergy elect from their
deaneries and separate parishes a certain
number, who, with the bishops and
inferior clergy, represent that body. Every
corporation elects the burgers to represent
them. From Stockholm, as it is the
capital, and containing the largest number of
inhabitants, they have double the number,
which, when united, form a large and
considerable body. The peasants, who chuse
one of their own people from every parish
to represent them, take also their seat in
Diet.

When the king convenes the Diet, which
he generally does on particular and
emergent occasions, the assembly meet at
Stockholm in a very elegant edifice built for
this purpose. Their method of proceeding
is this: His Majesty informs them by a
speech from the throne of the cause of their
convention; they then divide and separate

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