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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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in g declaration to the inhabitants of
Finland :—

French Original.

"Les destinées de la
Providence nous ayant fait
prendre en possession le
Grand Duché de Finlande,
Nous avons voulu, par l’acte
présent, confirmer et ratifier
la Religion et les Lois
fondamentales du Pays ainsi que
les privilèges et droits, dont
chaque classe dans le dit
Grand Duché, en particulier,
et tous les habitants* en
général, qu’ils aient une position
élevée ou inférieure, ont joui
jusqu’ici selon la Constitution.
Nous promettons de
maintenir tous ces avantages et
lois fermes et inébranlables
dans leur pleine force."

English Translation.

" Providence having placed
Us in possession of the Grand
Duchy of Finland, Wc have
desired, by the present act,
to confirm and ratify the
Religion and fundamental
Laws of the Land, as well
as the privileges and rights,
which each class in the said
Grand Duchy, in particular,
and all the inhabitants in
general, be their position high
or low, have hitherto enjoyed
according to the Constitution.
We promise to maintain all
these benefits and laws firm
and unshaken in their full
force "

Two days later, at a solemn audience held in
the cathedral, the Emperor received the homage
of the Estates as Grand Duke of Finland. The
Estates took the oath of fealty to the new
Sovereign, and affirmed, at the same time, the
inviolability of the Constitution ; the Emperor’s
declaration was read aloud, the document was

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