On the day of Faith, Hope, and Charity, several people from the observation team came and said goodbye, and told me that I should be ready for transfer at 11 AM. “What transfer?” I asked, and they responded: “Transfer to the hospital, and then, to freedom… Your sitting is over”. See more
They came and brought me from the room not at 11, but at 2 PM to the waiting room, where the Police commissar, who had been sent by the Minister of Internal Affairs to transfer me under the supervision of Petrograd’s police chief, was waiting. Once I’d received the letters and money kept for me in the office, I went downstairs with the commissar, who had a cigar in his mouth the whole time. Behind the bastion, I was asked to sit in a closed car, in which the observation team had laid out all my things.
I received a fine letter from my darling wife yesterday - uplifting and comforting. My boys are carrying themselves with dignity: the elder refuses point blank to wear a red ribbon, and the younger objected to the removal of the Tsar’s portrait. In a word, they are accounting for themselves with more nobility and discipline than your Ruzskys, Bursilovs, Voyeikovs or most of the grand dukes.
The train pulled in to Dno Station, to be greeted by a telegraph official bearing a telegram addressed to the Emperor. The telegram was handed over to His Majesty, and I entered his carriage to find out who it was from. The telegram, as the Tsar informed me, was from Rodzianko, who had requested that we stop off at Dno and await his arrival from Petrograd. The Tsar asked me if I had any information as to when Rodzianko would arrive. I replied that I did not, and that I would enquire by telegraph whether he had already left Petrograd. See more
I received the following reply: the chairman of the State Duma was currently in a committee meeting and didn’t know when he’d be able to depart. The Tsar decided to press on to Pskov and instructed me to send Rodzianko a communication to that effect. As the train pulled out of Dno Station, the Tsar summoned me to his compartment and shared with me his proposal of establishing a responsible government and generally making such concessions as would resolve the situation.