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

tendered to Us of their perfect free will,
through their Representatives assembled at the
Diet, have only conduced to strengthen Us in
that purpose.

" All the steps we have hitherto taken, with
regard to the internal administration of the
Country, are simply a consequence of and an
addition to that fundamental idea. The
maintenance of the Religion and the Laws, the
summoning of the Estates to a General Diet, the
formation of a State Council in the Nation’s
midst, and the inviolability of the judicial and
administrative authority, afford sufficient proofs
to assure the Finnish Nation (Finska Nationen)
of its political existence and the rights
appertaining thereto.""*

(7) The stipulations of the Treaty of Peace,
signed between Russia and Sweden at
Fred-riksliamn the 5-17th September, 1809, and
ratified at St. Petersburg the l-13th October,
did not touch the political situation of the

* In order to avoid the inconvenience of translating from a
translation we have thought it better to render this important
document from the original Swedish.—C. J. C.

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