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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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Alexander II. arrived at Helsingfors for tlie
solemn opening of the Diet, which took place
on September 18th, and on which occasion he
made the following speech in the French
language :

French Original.

" Représentants du
Grand-Duché de Finlande.

" En vous voyant réunis
autour de Moi, Je suis heureux
d’avoir pu accomplir Mes
voeux et vos espérances.

"Mon attention s’est dès
longtemps portée sur un
certain nombre de questions
successivement soulevées et qui
touchent aux intérêts les plus
sérieux du pays. Elles sont
restées en suspens vu que leur
solution demandoit la
coopération des États. Des
considérations majeures, dont
l’appréciation M’est réservée,
ne M’avoient pas permis de
réunir les représentants des
quatre ordres du
Grand-Duché durant les premières
années de Mon règne.
Néanmoins, J’ai pris à temps des
mesures préparatoires pour ar-

English Translation.

" Representatives of the Grand
Duchy of Finland.

" In seeing you assembled
around Me, I am glad to have
been able to fulfil My desire
and your hopes.

" My attention has long been
directed to a certain
number of questions successively
raised, which concern the
most serious interests of your
country. These questions
have remained in suspense
because their solution required
the co-operation of the Estates.
Certain important
considerations, the appreciation of
which is reserved for Me,
prevented Me from convening
the representatives of the
four orders of the Grand
Duchy during the first years
of My reign. Nevertheless
I took in good time some

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