August 8, 1914. Today, Emperor Nicholas II, accompanied by Grand Duke Nicholas Nicolaivitch, received the Duma and members of the Council of the Empire. The meeting took place at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.
The Emperor made an address to the council and government officials: "In these days of alarm and anxiety through which Russia is passing, I greet you. Austria, following Germany, has declared war on Russia. The enormous enthusiasm, the patriotic sentiments, and the love and loyalty to the Throne -- an enthusiasm which has swept like a hurricane through the country -- guarantee for me, as for you. I hope that Russia will bring to you a happy conclusion which the Almighty has sent us." The Tsar went on to say that he regarded "the future with calm firmness.... I see the joy, the union of the Slavs with Russia progressing strongly and indissolubly."