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

2 5

" Ce peuple brave et loyal
bénira la Providence qui a
amène l’ordre de choses actuel.
Placé désormais au rang des
nations, sous l’empire de ses
lois, il ne se ressouviendra de
la domination passée que pour
cultiver des rapports d’amitié
lorsqu’ils seront rétablis par
la paix.

’*Et moi, j’aurai recuelli le
plus grand fruit de mes soins
quand je verrai cette nation
tranquille au dehors, libre
dans l’intérieur, se livrant
sous la protection des lois et
des bonnes moeurs à
l’agriculture et à l’industrie, par le
fait même de sa prospérité,
rendre justice à mes
intentions et bénir ses destinés."

" This brave and loyal
people will be grateful to that
Providence which has brought
about the present state of
affairs. Placed from this
time forward in the rank of
nations, governed by its own
laws, it will only call to mind
its former rulers in order to
cultivate friendly relations
when these shall have been
re-established by peace.

" And I, I shall have reaped
the best result for my
solicitude when I see this nation,
externally tranquil, internally
free, devoting itself to
agriculture and industry under
the protection of its laws and
of its good customs and
manners, and thus, by the very
fact of its prosperity, doing
justice to my intentions and
blessing its lot."

(6) Thus was Finland’s new destiny
inaugurated.

The conqueror found himself in the presence
of a people firmly attached to their political
institutions and their civil laws, the liberal
principles of which had taken root in the minds

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