As the central organ of this confederation (Bund) was established the federal diet (Bundestag), consisting of delegates of the several states.
It was arranged that the headship of the confederation should be hereditary, that it should belong to the king of Prussia, and that legislative functions should be exercised by a federal council (Bundesrat), representative of the various governments, and by a diet (Bundestag) elected by the whole people.
Fischer, Die Nation und der Bundestag (Leipzig, i88o); K.
He also, in the constitution for the new confederation, introduced a parliament (Bundestag) elected by universal suffrage.
These include four volumes entitled Preussen im Bundestag, 1851-1859 (4 vols., Leipzig, 1882-1885), which contain his despatches during the time he was at Frankfort.