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

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decision were to be reported to him, in the
presence of the chairman of the committee, by a
Secretary of State forming one of the committee.
The committee of 1811 was abolished by an ukaz
of 1826, and it was decided that the Secretary
of State, afterwards styled Minister-Secretary of
State, should make his reports to the Emperor
unattended. In 1857 the Committee for
Finnish Affairs was re-established, but with a
partially-modified organisation.

The statutes of 1809 relating to the State
Council have, in the course of time, been
subjected to many modifications, but the essential
provisions of this law are still in force. Later
on we will give detailed particulars of the
same. It is only right, however, that we should
here mention the decree of February 21, 1816,
in which the Emperor declares that, it being*
his intention to disclose the idea which had led
to the establishment of a State Council, as
well as the immediate relations of the Council
with the person of the Sovereign, he has
determined that the Council shall henceforth be
designated, as the supreme authority of the

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