ROMANOV FAMILY: ON THIS DATE IN THEIR OWN WORDS. NICHOLAS II. 19 JANUARY, 1904.
From the 1904 diary of Nicholas II:
19th January. Monday. The morning was very busy and in general a very tiring day. Received reports and all sorts of representatives from 4 o’cl. The walk refreshed my mind. Studied until 7 o’cl. Andrei (on duty) had dinner. At 9 ½ the big ball began. There were more people there than ever. There were enough seats for all at supper. Went around the tables in all the halls. Luckily dear Alix withstood the ball excellently. Having returned to [my] rooms at 1 ¼ and undressed, [we] had a light snack here as usual.