ON THIS DATE IN THEIR OWN WORDS: GRAND DUKE DMITRI TO NICHOLAS II. 3 DECEMBER, 1909.
Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich to Nicholas II:
Petersburg. 1909. 3rd December.
Allow me to bring you most heartfelt congratulations for the 6th. Such a shame that you are not at Tsarskoe, I could have congratulated you in person.
Time flies by awfully fast in Petersburg, nevertheless winter cannot pass without a death – [we] buried George of Mecklenburg. He will never tell me “May God keep you, darling” at the exit again.
I have a lot of homework, the entire day is stuffed with it, what else is there to say, but that the studies at the dear military school – are just pure joy. The officers in the courses are adorable; there are of course bad ones among them, but very few.
Soon is the school’s anniversary, and I wanted to ask your permission, when I see you, to allow me to partake in the celebrations as an officer in the course there.
If this is possible, it would be very pleasant for me.
Life in Petersburg is much more peaceful this year, and I am speaking of the entire venerable family of Countess Gogenfelzen, we see each other very rarely, and in any case I am not suffering because of that.
And now, in order not to remind you of Aunt, who loves to write tomes, allow me to bow out. Heartfelt regards to her majesty.