A new Duma has been elected. The elections proceeded according to fixed lists. The SRs received the most votes. However, Morev was chosen as head of the city, as we did not have a candidate who was experienced enough to compete against him. Before the new Duma a Soviet of Soldiers’ and Workers’ Deputies was organised. See more
We didn’t, it is true, have any soldiers at the time, besides around a hundred border guards, and we had no workers either, as the overwhelming majority of our craftsmen owned their enterprises and did not hire any workers. But the Soviet has been organised.
On Wednesday a Russian friend of mine, who was the director of one of the principal Petrograd banks, came to see me and said that he found himself in rather an embarrassing position, as he had been charged by certain persons, whose names he mentioned, with a message which he felt that it was hardly proper for him to deliver. See more
These persons, he then proceeded to say, wished me to know that their organization was backed by several important financiers and industrials, that it could count on the support of Korniloff and an army corps, that it would begin operations on the following Saturday, September 8, and that the Government would then be arrested and the Soviet dissolved. They hoped that I would assist them by placing the British armoured cars at their disposal and by helping them to escape should their enterprise fail.
I replied that it was a very naive proceeding on the part of those gentlemen to ask an Ambassador to conspire against the Government to which he was accredited and that if I did my duty I ought to denounce their plot. Though I would not betray their confidence, I would not give them either my countenance or support. I would, on the contrary, urge them to renounce an enterprise that was not only foredoomed to failure, but that would at once be exploited by the Bolsheviks. If General Korniloff were wise he would wait for the Bolsheviks to make the first move and then come and put them down.
We've received no papers and remained calm. Despite the difficult times, we've been joking and laughing. Life takes its course. That's how grass grows through tombstones.
It's our huge victory at the elections. It's exceeded all expectations. I'm almost certain I'll be elected Vice Mayor.