Willy-Nicky (3)

Tsar to Kaiser, Peter’s Court, Palace, 1 August 1914: I received your telegram. Understand you are obliged to mobilise but wish to have the same guarantee from you as I gave you, that these measures do not mean war and that we shall continue negotiating for the benefit of our countries and universal peace deal to all our hearts. Our long proved friendship must succeed, with God’s help, in avoiding bloodshed. Anexiously, full of confidence await your answer. Nicky.

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