I’m working with nine patients for eight hours a day and I’m not at all tense – but I find it disgusting that even the profits from this aren’t enough to cover the costs of my house. I look at things from such a negative viewpoint and I think that if if a parliamentary revolution doesn’t happen in Germany, we should expect the war to continue until we are completely defeated.
In these times, everything one does is so noticeable that even dying is tactless. One’s death attracts too much attention--it distracts people from their other concerns.
Please tell me immediately if you have bought tobacco for me. If you have, I will send you money right away. Tell me how much.
Tereshchenko gloomily informed me that the three Allied ambassadors wanted to deliver a verbal note. I arranged for an appointment the next day and invited two of my ministers, Konovalov and Tereshchenko, to be present.
The three-power note was read by the senior envoy. Sir George Buchanan. See more
Only once before had I seen the Ambassador as nervous as he was on this occasion, and that was when he had had to report his government’s decision to refuse the Tsar and his family residence on British territory in time of war. A true diplomat, Sir George was usually reserved and self-possessed. But if his fingers began to tremble slightly, if his cheeks acquired a delicate, almost girlish pinkness, if his voice became slightly strained, and a moist gleam came into his eyes, it meant that Sir George was under great emotional stress. All these signs were evident on this occasion.
Next to Sir George sat the new French ambassador, Noullens, who was the French Senate's expert on financial and agricultural affairs. Heaven knows how he came to be appointed to the post of ambassador! Unlike the British diplomat, Noullens was in fine form and was evidently delighted that the Allies had finally decided to be firm with the Provisional Government.
The Marchese Carlotti, the Italian ambassador, played the part of observer. The collective note was very candid: It threatened to cut off all military aid to Russia unless the Provisional Government took immediate steps, evidently in the spirit of the Kornilov program, to restore order at the front and in the country at large.
Against the overwhelming sentiment of the country, Kerensky and the “moderate” Socialists succeeded in establishing a Government of Coalition with the propertied classes; and as a result, the Mensheviki and Socialist Revolutionaries lost the confidence of the people forever.
In a conversation which I had with him, Tereschenko said that, while remaining at the Foreign Office, he had refused to act as Vice- President of the Council or to take part in any Cabinet councils, except on questions of foreign policy or on matters on which his colleagues especially desired his advice, until the Government had elaborated a definite programme. See more
He read to me a letter which he had addressed to Kerensky tendering his resignation — a letter that constituted a scathing criticism both of the Government and the Soviet. They had, he wrote, during the six tragic months through which Russia had passed since the revolution learned nothing and forgotten nothing. Instead of trying to save Russia, demagogues had but thought of their own party interests and of how to control and impede the Government's action. A counter-revolution, though not necessarily a monarchical one, offered, he concluded, the only hope of saving the country. The reading of this letter, which he threatened to publish, produced a tremendous impression on his colleagues. The Cadets, who formerly had been his bitterest opponents, declared that they would not enter the Government if he left it, and he eventually withdrew his resignation.
My wealth, which by the way is massively exaggerated by rumours and hearsay, doesn’t bother me. It merely provides me with the ability to expand my social activities. See more
By the way, this includes the “Society for Study of the Social Effects of War” which I founded, and about which the newspapers have written quite a lot. This society was created in Copenhagen library, which is available to anyone in the field of scientific study. The society’s scientific works have garnered international recognition and have been cited by authoritative publications from all countires participating in the war; in England, Russia, Germany, Austria and others.
I've been reading the whole day - currently, I'm reading about the history of the French revolution (written by F. Mignet). I spent the afternoon writing in my diary - I've completely abandoned it during my illness.