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

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confined to the peasant class, properly so
called.

The privileges of the clergy are the only
ones which have been preserved in full. But,
looking at these privileges from the point of
view of social equality, they can hardly be
considered as exceptions to the common law,
the clergy being a body of public functionaries
and not a social class strictly speaking. The
immunities enjoyed by ecclesiastical property
are in reality merely a way of paying the
clergy ; the general character of the privileges
in question is to secure State protection for the
Lutheran Church and economical advantages
for its clergy.

(52) Rights and Duties of Citizens.

The common law applies then to all
members and all classes of society. We will
give a summary of the main features of the
general rights secured by law to Finnish
citizens :

(a) Security and individual liberty are
guaranteed by law ; no one can be deprived

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