Upon our arrival in Halifax, we were met by a naval officer—naval agent Mishtovt, who told us that in Montreal, we would be met by representatives of the Naval Ministry of the United States, that a special wagon has been prepared for us, that we are here as guests of the American nation, and that we need worry neither about lodging, nor about transportation, for the American government has taken all this upon itself.
Thus, in total comfort, we traveled to New York and to Washington. Upon our arrival in Washington, I made a visit first thing to our ambassador, Bakhmetyev, and to the naval minister, to his assistant, to the minister of foreign affairs, to the minister of war… In a word, to all those figures I would run into later on.
The weather was clear and warm. I began to walk in the fenced yard in front of the house; it was better here than in the damp garden because here the sun shines all day. I climbed with the children on the roof of the greenhouse. In the evening I read aloud The Ninth Rampart by Danilevsky.
Finally, we have a “new” (completely new!) government of five. Kerensky, Tereschenko, Verkhovskiy, Verderevskiy, and Nikitin, the “Directorate” of five—this is the “new” power, “elected” by Kerensky, approved by Kerensky, accountable to Kerensky and independent from workers, peasants, and soldiers.