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

23rd, 1811. The frontier then established
remains so still, excepting a modification which
took place in 1864.

(8) After the closing of the Borgo Diet, the
Emperor lost no time in organising the
Government. The statutes of the State Council were
sanctioned and promulgated on the 6-18 th
August, 1809. On the same day the members
of the Council, elected by the Diet, were
appointed to their functions. The Council sat
first at Abo, the former chief town of the
country. But Helsingfors having been declared
the capital of the Grand Duchy, the State
Council removed thither in 1819.

In virtue of the statute of 1809 the
Governor-General was to preside at the Council. Besides
this, the powers of this high functionary were
the object of special instructions, issued in 1812,
at the same time as those relating to the
Procurator-General of the country.

The organisation of the Government
institutions was completed by the formation at St.
Petersburg in 1811 of a Committee for Finnish
Affairs. Questions reserved for the Emperor’s

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