August 3 1812: The Tsar arrives

On August 3, 1812, John Quincy Adams in St. Petersburg, Russia,  learns that Emperor or Tsar has arrived:
3d. The Emperor arrived here this morning about two o'clock — I suppose because this is the Empress-mother's name-day, and one illumination answered for both events. I walked before breakfast in the Summer Gardens, and in turning round the boulevard I perceived the Imperial flag flying over the palace, which first gave me notice of the Emperor's return.

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