The village is pure heaven. The peasants swear that our house stands on their bones. They’ve mowed down our meadow, but when management arrived from town to investigate they tearfully begged, “Mother mistress, forgive us, this is the last time!” Some socialists! Total darkness rules people’s minds.
It is the birthday of dear Mama and our Iferie. The weather was delightful and hot. During the day we cut down three small trees and sawed them up and another two older ones which had fallen. The work was hard. At six o'clock we went to services and vespers. I read aloud as usual. Yesterday evening Kerensky suddenly came from the city and stopped in person. See more
It appears that the whole government is falling apart; he himself has tendered his resignation and is awaiting a decision which must come at the conference meeting of the different parties which are all meeting in the Winter Palace.
I was in the garden, and encountered Kerensky. He approached me and informed me that he’d resigned, loath to serve as a smokescreen for parties of which he doesn’t approve. He wants to have power and freedom of action. See more
KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917, too, has no wish to be “commander-in-chief” unless he is allowed to act freely. At such a juncture, these two conditions are prerequisites; together, they will play the role of Napoleon – one in the army, the other within the internal administration – and save the country. He must be a dictator, but the enemy will have time to take Petrograd, and, as long as time is squandered away in discussions and meetings, we shall be defeated. In my opinion, monarchical reaction is now impossible; there are no candidates, nor organization; torrents of blood will flow in vain.
The Executive Committee of the Soviet passed a resolution of confidence in “Comrade Kerenski”, authorising him to form a cabinet of members of all parties. The voting was 146 to 47, with 42 abstentions.