October 2 1812: St. Petersburg NOT in Danger but Packing up the Hermitage Just in Case

On October 2, 1812, John Quincy Adams, in St. Petersburg writes the following  diary entry
October 2d. There is this day a publication here by authority, to assure the public that St. Petersburg is in no danger of being taken by the enemy, and explaining the motives for taking now the precaution of packing up and sending away the necessary things which they are doing in open day at the Hermitage and the public offices. There are also three encouraging bulletins of news from the army, and reports still more encouraging.

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