By Leitch Ritchie
In 1835 Leitch Ritchie (1800–1865) a Scottish novelist and journalist took a visit to Russia. He was hoping to develop into conversant in smooth Russia, and to be enabled to shape a few concept of the true development of her civilization, in to this point not less than, as this can be indicated within the manners of the folks; at Moscow, within the heretofore capital of the Tsars, he was hoping to discover himself within the very center of the traditional empire, the place the tribes and countries of the far away dependencies nonetheless hotel as to a standard centre; and in Poland a chance might manifest itself of learning the nature of the main attention-grabbing of the conquered provinces, the upkeep of which expenses extra in blood, and tears, and funds than a complete continent is worth.
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A Journey to St. Petersburg and Moscow through Courland and Livonia. (Elibron Classics) by Leitch Ritchie