I had long known that the Princess Paley endowed with a vivid imagination, and I can only congratulate her on this masterpiece. A few months ago I was looking through old records and came across a letter I have written to Lord Karnoku in December 1914, when he was an assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In that letter, it was a question about the situation on the Russian front. I wrote about the pessimism that engulfed certain circles of society, and as an example cited rumor that the Grand Duke Nicholas is in such a depressed mood, most of the time is spent on his knees before the icons, declaring that God had left him. From myself I would add that this story - pure fiction, and she told me Palaeologus, who dined at the Countess Gogenfelzen (as Princess Paley called Auto time) in her palace in Tsarskoye Selo, which had a reputation for gossip source. So I'm not surprised that it completely distorts my actions.