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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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8 TIIE PUBLIC LAW OF FINLAND.

administration of tlie affairs of the young
State.

Whilst Finland was only a part of the
kingdom of Sweden there were none but local
authorities in the country itself. The supreme
tribunal and the offices of the central
government, established in accordance with the
fundamental laws, were at Stockholm. It was
now necessary to replace these institutions by
analogous ones. This was the object of a
Bill concerning the State Council, which was to
become the centre of the different branches of
the administration.

The Estates passed this Bill. The Emperor,
in order to give a proof of the confidence he
had in the country’s representatives, charged
them to elect the first members of the
Council.

As regards the other matters discussed by
the Diet, those concerning finance and taxes were
not the least important. The question was,
indeed, not only to provide for the wants of
the moment, but to give a sound basis to the
financial system of the new State. It was

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