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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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HISTORICAL SUMMARY.

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absolutely necessary to increase the salaries of
the public functionaries, and to face the
expenditure required for the maintenance of the
new organs of Government and administration.

The former taxes were continued, with the
exception of some extraordinary imposts from
which the Emperor desired to exempt the
people ; but ameliorations were made in the
assessment of the land-tax and the personal taxes.
The result was, that the budget was established
on a satisfactory basis. Now Alexander I., in
making his financial proposals, declared that
the revenues of the Grand Duchy should be
employed solely for the wants of the country
itself—a declaration in every way consonant
with the policy adopted by him in regard to
Finland—and he thus precluded all possible
apprehension as to the independence of the
Grand Duchy’s budget. The Estates
therefore voted a special address in order to express
the gratitude of the country for this declaration
of His Majesty.

The proposals for military organisation did
not aim at any change of system ; the Emperor

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