Do not get too carried away, do not allow yourself to succumb to naive optimism and warn others against this disease. The situation is very difficult and dangerous. Take cake of your son; his strength will still be needed by this country. We won’t soon get over this chaos of destruction and construction, this fever of passions and illusions. Be healthy, consider everything in a calm manner, work, work!
I am much better informed about the prevalent moods in the extremist left circles and have become convinced to do everything in my power to not let this slide into Jacobinian terror.
Their Highnesses visited us in the evening: they were more natural. We were exchanging opinions about the current situation. I feel deeply sorry for them. I don’t think she realises that she was the reason for the collapse.
When I was more or less recovered, I began to wonder whom I could go to for defence. During the first days I had told nobody where I was living, and my friends had lost sight of me. So I decided to return to them, and I turned first to P. N. Karabtchevsky. See more
Petrograd reports the killing of eighty Russian naval officers by mutineers. And this is what telegraphic reports from home describe as a ‘peaceful revolution’!
Since the wreck of tsarism. all the metropolitans, archbishops, archimandrites, abbots, archpriests. and hieromonachs of whom Rasputin had formed his ecclesiastical clientèle have been having a very uncomfortable time. They have everywhere seen not only the revolutionary gang but their own flocks, and often enough even their subordinates, rise up against them. Most of them have resigned their offices, more or less spontaneously: many are in flight or in prison.
Russian brothers, who recently smashed their chains, and in a single shot caught up with revolutionary France, surpassed it to complete its and our tasks, and give the West an example of a great united and free and people that rejects and vanquishes imperialism of all kinds—both external and internal. Don’t lull yourself to sleep. Avoid any excesses that the reactionaries could take advantage of. You must achieve order and discipline in order to be victorious. Be just, calm, firm, and patient. Don’t rush to build until you are sure you have sound footing. Build an unbreakable wall stone by stone. Move forward step by step but never give up. You work for the freedom of the entire world. And let the world wake up to your example.
It was a clear cold day. During the morning I took a walk. Marie and Anastasia were in the same condition, lying in a dark room and coughing badly; they have such bad colds. Marie's and Anastasia's high temperatures were high and alternatively rose and fall. They also were weak. During the day I took a long walk and worked; Dolgorukov and I finished the path to the old summer house. In the evening I stayed up with Anna and Lili Dehn.
WASHINGTON, March 29. - Important improvement in the Russian situation was reported to the State Department in a dispatch today from David R. Francis, the American Ambassador at Petrograd. He said that the great problem in Petrograd for the last ten days had been the maintenance of complete order and the restoration of discipline among the troops. See more
LONDON, MARCH 29. The former Russian Emperor has asked the Provisional Government to permit his little son to go to Norway for the sake of his health, according to a Petrograd dispatch to the Exchange Telegraph Company. The dispatch says that permission has not yet been granted. See more