Original Letters from Russia, 1825-1828

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Ladies Printing Press, 1878 - Russia - 296 pages
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Page 50 - P.) ^Dec., 1825. Do not set me down as affected, dear folks, if I write in a melancholy mood. It is impossible to be otherwise in the midst of the general gloom that now prevails amongst these people. Never was a monarch so mourned; but it is not as their Emperor that they deplore him, it is as a common friend. Every individual weeps as for the loss of their dearest, best friend. He was loved for himself, was so affable, so benevolent, interesting himself about. his lowliest subjects, entered into...
Page 60 - Taganrok, 18 novembre i8ia. (3o novembre.) « Chère maman , « Je n'ai pas été en état de vous écrire par le courrier d'hier. Rendons aujourd'hui mille et mille actions de grâces à l'Être suprême. Décidément la santé de l'empereur, de cet ange de bonté au milieu de ses souffrances, va beaucoup mieux. A qui donc Die» re: serverait-il sa miséricorde infinie/ si ce n'était pour celui-ci?
Page 22 - Fins ; there some neat German colonists, Tartars, Calmouks, Jews, horses, carts, men, women, and children covered the ground, and formed altogether the strangest assemblage it is possible to conceive. People of every class were admitted to the palace; and it was a striking spectacle to see courtly dames in gold and jewels, Emperor, Grand Dukes and Duchesses, Princes and Counts, whirling through crowds of rustics, men with long beards, women with russet gowns, who gazed with respectful astonishment,...
Page 60 - ... décidé dans l'état de l'empereur, de cet ange de bienveillance au milieu de ses maux. Pour qui, sur qui Dieu manifesterait-il son infinie miséricorde, si ce n'était sur lui ? Mon Dieu, quels cruels momens j'ai passes!
Page 52 - Constantine is Viceroy of Poland. It is uncertain when he will arrive, perhaps not this week. It is supposed he went to Taganrog upon hearing of his brother's illness. The mourning will last a year. The first part will be dreadfully dismal. The order is not yet announced, and so I do not know exactly what it is to be except that gowns are to be common black flannel, quite frightful.
Page 74 - To-morrow there is to be a very extraordinary ceremony, and certainly very unseasonable: 'The blessing of the waters.' The whole court in general attends, but I suppose this year the ladies will not appear. The Emperor must, and all his attendants and priests, without hats, fifteen degrees below freezing point, imaginez, in the open air on the river. A hole is cut in the ice, and formerly the devout used the plunge into the water and bring their children to be dipped.
Page 67 - Monday; he was very much affected, and the Empress wept the whole afternoon. It put an end to all rejoicings; no illuminations nor public ceremonies. However, I trust that all is at an end, and everything will go on quietly. I went out in a traineau for the first time to-day. The town presented a curious spectacle. The traces of the sad event on Monday were horrid: pools of blood on the snow, and spattered up against the houses; the Senate House dreadfully battered.
Page 64 - Emperor; asked if they thought him a man to be frightened into making a declaration ; or that he did not willingly resign the crown, for himself and children, when he signed a document to that effect on his marrying Princess Lowitz ! This resignation was formally drawn up and signed by the late Emperor Paul ; one copy deposited here with the Empress Mother and Council, and one at Moscow with the Senate and Metropolitan.
Page 51 - Deum to be celebrated. The ceremony was just begun when the fatal news arrived. The Grand Duke Nicholas repaired to the chapel, stopped the service, and made signs to the priest to take the cross to the Empress, saying to her, " My Mother, look on that sign of suffering, and be resigned to the greatest misfortune you can meet with on earth, the Emperor is dead.
Page 186 - Princess Zeneide V. talks of it as nothing extraordinary of having a tent pitched on the Steps or Desert, a physician to attend her, that the climate is better than at St. Petersburg, and that in the winter the trainage will avoid the great fatigue of bad roads, etc.

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