We were reading the Russian affair yesterday night.
11th February [?1918]
My dearest I have not had your letter tonight yet. I mean I am writing this at the Battery in the daytime. This is a very quiet day and restful. There is no special news to tell you as yet. We were reading and discussing the Russian affair yesterday night. It seems much the most serious thing on at present. I dont suppose youve thought much on it. The newspapers have said so very little Lots of people dont know the crisis exists. I didnt realise its seriousness till yesterday. It is briefly that Court influence (pro-German) on the Czaritza’s side has put into all the offices of Power reactionaries which are pro-Hohenzollern and pro-Mittel Europa. These people are working all they can to bring about an immediate peace, of course, throwing the Slav business to the Winds. They have been in power before but have been thrown out but now Count influence has pushed them in again throwing out the pro-Allies. Vide case of Sazonoff who was Foreign Minister and I think Alexeiff the Russian General who made the great speech for Allied Unity a little while ago. I think it was Alexeiff anyway the name doesnt matter, the facts are much as Ive said. Rasputin apparently was murdered by Court people, the pro-Ally side of the Court. It is even said that these people in power, who mind you, have not the Country & Army behind them, but nevertheless are in power. Are even going the length of stirring up internal revolution for the pur-