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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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even by encroaching on the functions of the Diet.
But constitutional traditions were not effaced
from the popular mind ; and respect for law,
one of the bulwarks of a constitutional form of
government, has been maintained among the
people, and has never ceased to inspire the acts
of the public functionaries.

(10) Shortly after the accession to the throne
of Alexander II., the convocation of the Diet,
loudly called for by patriotic voices, was
admitted to be indispensable. Already, in 1859,
rhe Government felt the necessity of having
recourse to the national representation, both
for financial measures and for the revision of
the civil and criminal laws. The Senate had
to ascertain which were the legislative questions
most in need of a speedy solution, and it reported
accordingly to the Emperor. The elaboration
of these numerous projects required, however,
much time. On June 18tli, 1863, the Emperor
and Grand Duke’s decree appeared, to the
great joy of the nation, convoking the Estates
in a General Diet at Helsingfors on September
15th of the same year.

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