Given that there is still no quorum for the Constituent Assembly, even if the figure is broadened to include those deputies who have not presented their mandates for registration according to the established procedure; given that many Constituent Assembly members who arrived in Petrograd have since left for the provinces; See more
given that there is uncertainty regarding the date when the Constituent Assembly is to meet; given that it is currently possible to determine, with lesser or greater precision, at what point after the Christmas holidays a quorum will be attained – given all of the above, the Council of People’s Commissars designates January 18 as the opening day of the Constituent Assembly, provided that the specified quorum of 400 deputies is in attendance.
You should finish sketching the scenery for Scarlatti at once. We need it for the season at the Paris Opera. It begins in February. I’ll be in Paris on January 20th.
A painful episode in the fortress yesterday: the batman Pavlov (an assistant to the commandant) intercepted a letter from Kartashov to his sister in which he’d written that “Russia has become Germany’s hired hand”. See more
He burst into the prisoner’s cell along with some soldiers and forced him into the isolation unit. The other ministers announced that they were going on a hunger strike. Today, the whole affair was thankfully somehow smoothed over; Kartashov was transferred back. The situation there remains wretched, however.
I’m not pleased with myself, I’ve done very little. A draft of the Third Concert, planned out the finale. I started rewriting it clean: it was a lot of work to do, although it was nice and easy.
The revolution, the war, and the restoration of the government were tied into one knot that could not be cut but had to be unraveled. Not one government has born such a triple burden and such a triple responsibility during a war. We were perfectly aware of all the logical incompatibility of war and revolution. See more
Until the collapse of the monarchy, we did everything to avoid letting a revolution happen during the war. Then, we confronted the reality of things: a revolution had happened during the war. What remained was either to desert, to hide in the corner, or, risking everything, to salvage whatever was still salvageable.
It was a nice sunny day but windy. Today I finished the third volume of General History. From six o’clock on we rehearsed all our parts; they went smoothly.