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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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THE DIET.

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is four months, but it may be prolonged, and
may be closed before this term, on the
application of all the orders, or should the Emperor
deem it expedient to dissolve the Diet.

(29) The Order of the Nobility.—All the heads
of noble families, duly inscribed on the rolls of
the " House of Nobles/’ have an hereditary
right of representing this order. In case of
the abstention of the head of a family, the
right of sitting at the Diet may be exercised by
another member of the family, following the
order of primogeniture. If, in the time
prescribed by law, no member of the family lias
presented himself in order to take his seat at
the Diet, the head of the family may delegate
his right, by power of attorney, to a member
of another noble family.

At present the number of noble Finnish
families is 237, of whom 7 are counts and 45
barons, the remainder having no titles.*

The total number of this order sitting at the
Diet varies from 100 to 140.

* It will thus be seen that the word " nobility " comprises
th/n on-titled gentry.—{Translator’s note.)

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