The Last Days of Alexander, and the First Days of Nicholas, Emperors of Russia

The Last Days of Alexander, and the First Days of Nicholas, Emperors of Russia

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...what the reception of the Count would be, and if he was likely to be in the confidence of the present Emperor. The Admiral said that the Count was the only man in the country who could presume to speak the truth to the Emperor, and that if he was ill received it would be the worst sign for Russia, and all might despair. The ministers no doubt disliked the Count. The Admiral had always thought that at the death of Alexander mischief would occur to Russia, and that had Constantine ascended the throne general confusion and bloodshed would have been the consequence. He said the quays were all made by contract, and badly executed, and that in fifty years a great part will have given way. Each year the rock on which Peter the Great stands sinks a little into the marsh. The Emperor Alexander proposed to construct a quay on the opposite side of the Neva. I was informed by another party, that the expenses at St. Petersburgh were much the same as at Paris; that the capital is the very gulf of Russia, in which all its riches are swallowed up. Count K. has a revenue of 600,000 roubles, but he spends only 200,000, and he is a rare instance of economy. He lives half as a Russian and half as a foreigner. He has Russian slaves who serve in his house; he pays them as free people, that they may be always well clothed. There are perhaps eight or ten families that do the same at St. Petersburgh, but generally the Russians do as I had seen done in the south of Russia. The servants immediately about your persons, and those behind your carriage, are, perhaps, clean; all the rest--is filth and beggary. Go no deeper. 14th April, o.s.--This morning, Dr. John Prout, physician to Admiral Greig, called upon me at mid-day, and I went with him to view the different parts more

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