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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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et le calme de vos discussions,
qu’entre les mains d’un peuple
sage, décidé à travailler,
d’accord avec le souverain,
dans un esprit pratique au
développement de son
bien-être, les institutions libérales,
loin d’être un danger,
deviennent une garantie d’ordre et
de prospérité.

" Je déclare ouverte la
présente Diète."

The Diet of 1863-1864, inaugurated by this
memorable speech, has marked a new era in the
constitutional history of the Grand Duchy. The
periodical convocation of the Diet was assured
by a law promulgated in 1869, after having been
approved by the Estates in the Session of 1867.
The Estates assembled again in 1872, 1877,
1882 and 1885, All these Diets have been
fertile in legislative works, as also in financial
and economical measures. Government and the
Diet have done their utmost to grapple with the
work accumulated since 1809.*

* Those who desire to see an account of the legislative
activity of the Finnish Diet are referred to Professor
Montgomery’s pamphlet, in the French language, entitled " Notice sur
les travaux législatifs delà diète du grand duché de Finlande"
(1863-1879), published at Paris in 1881 by Arnous de Rivière,
Hue Kacine 16.—{Author’s note.)

moderation, and the calmness
of your discussions, that in
the hands of a wise and
well-conducted people, determined
to work, hand in hand with
the Sovereign, in a practical
manner for the development
of its well-being, liberal
institutions, far from being a
danger, become a guarantee
of order ancl prosperity.

" I declare the present Diet

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