The Cossacks have definitively told me that all their troops stationed in Petrograd would fulfill their duty. I've immediately signed a separate order for the Cossacks: to report at once to the District Headquarters and execute its orders in full obedience.
Head of the Provisional Government Kerensky has conducted negotiations with representatives of the Cossack troops.
I sit down on the couch. The nervous tension lessens. A dull sensation of fatigue comes over me. “Give me a cigarette,” I say to Kamenev. In those years I still smoked, but only spasmodically. I take one or two puffs, but suddenly, with the words, “Only this was lacking!” I faint. As I come to, I see Kamenev’s frightened face bending over me. “Shall I get some medicine?” he asks. “It would be much better,” I answer after a moment’s reflection, “if you got something to eat.” I try to remember when I last had food, but I can’t. At all events, it was not yesterday.
The Petrograd municipal Duma forms the Vigilance Committee, intended to prevent unrest and pogroms.
I hope that a reckless step will not be taken. I don't know what happens if it does.
1500 soldiers from Sestroretsk arrive at Smolny. The garrison composed of Litovsky and Grenadersky units is reinforced by armored cars.
Torpedo boats will leave at dawn. I’m sending troops.
Military Revolutionary Committee is placing pickets and guards in the streets adjacent to Smolny.
Lights are not going out. Apparently, it's because Bolsheviks are having a "permanent" meeting. We saw some new Bolshevik proclamations just now. They call everyone "hydras lifting their heads," Kerensky's also a "hydra." They insist that now the "revolutionary cause is (finally!) in steady hands". Well, to hell with them.
Lenin arrives at Smolny and immediately meets the Military Revolutionary Committee executives.
Pre-parliament members Avksentyev, Dan, and Gotz meet with Kerensky to hand him a resolution with a formula for transition. Kerensky calls it a “challenge to the Provisional Government”, but at the request of delegates, brings it to the notice of the government. Returning, he informs them that the government has no need of prompts, and will act independently.
A Cadet unit under the command of lieutenant colonel Germanovich arrived at the "Svobodny razum" factory to close down the editorial office of a Bolshevik newspaper. The workers called the Red Guard soldiers and members of the Vyborg Council, who arrested the Cadets.
Vladimir Ilyich, noticing that some workers were not being allowed across the bridge, decided to try to get across. We went up to the arguing crowd. It appeared that the soldiers were asking for passes and that most people, like us, didn’t have them. According to the soldiers, we should have got ourselves passes at headquarters. The workers were indignant and were abusing the soldiers ferociously. We took advantage of the argument and dashed passed the sentries on Liteyny Prospekt, then turned into Shpalernaya Street and headed for Smolny.