While we support the war between the generations, we also know that age should be measured mentally and not physically. Thus we beseech you with a modest request: give us answer, following the dictates of your conscience, to the following question: are we capable of being virtuous members of the Government of the Earth or not? We plan to convene it in the nearest future.
We await your pleasure.
News from Russia: “Liberal” England forbids the publishing of Russian socialist newspapers in Russia, checks Russian passports in Russia, has laid its paws on an area in the North of Russia, and has seized the revolutionary Trotsky of a Swedish ship and arrrested him.
Again it was a wonderfully quiet day. I took a walk from 11 until 12 o’clock. During the day Alix finally wsnt outside with us on our walk. She watched as we worked on the ice. The sun shone pleasantly, I read until dinner. Alix said vespers for the children. I sat with Tatiana until 11 o'clock.
Understanding that the supply of our army with the necessities of life demands resources, and not wishing to leave even for a moment our brothers without bread, the Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies resolves that all expenditures on the capitalist war should be borne by capitalists, who have profited and continue to profit on this war to the tune of billions of roubles, and finds that all money for the war should be taken from the pockets of the bourgeoisie and aristocracy
Our excellent automobile was one of the first to disappear, and after it was used to ferry around the members of the Provisional Government, it was to this very automobile that the honor fell of picking up Lenin on his arrival to the Finlyandsky Station.
I asked my English and Italian colleagues to lunch with Albert Thomas today. Carlotti declared himself entirely in agreement with me when I maintained that we must support Miliukov against Kerensky and that it would be a grave error of judgment not to place the political and moral authority of the Allied Governments in the scale against the Soviet. See more
I concluded with these words:
"With Miliukov and the moderates of the Provisional Government we have still a chance of arresting the progress of anarchy and keeping Russia in the war. Kerensky implies the sure and certain triumph of the Soviet, which means giving the rein to all the passions of the mob, the destruction of the army, the rupture of national ties and the end of the Russian State. And if the disintegration of Russia is now inevitable, at least let us refrain from promoting it!"
Supported by Buchanan, Albert Thomas pronounced emphatically in favour of Kerensky:
"The whole strength of the Russian democracy lies in its revolutionary fervour. Kerensky alone is capable of establishing, with the aid of the Soviet, a government worthy of our confidence."