Excerpt from A Summer Tour in Russia There is deficiency of good books on Russia. There is an excellent one by Mr. Mackenzie Wallace, which was valued by the late Emperor Alexander II. As the best that ever was or ever could be written. And I confess that, had I read Mr. Wallace's two volumes before I set out on my last year's tour, I might have felt tempted to give up the task as uncalled for and unprofitable, and should t w come before the public with what may be deemed a new work on an old subject. But in reality, though books may grow old, subjects are ever fresh. Mr. Wallace's Russia is the Russia of ten years since. Within ten years, nay, within the last twelvemonth, the great Northern Empire has gone through a crisis of which it would then have been as difficult to foresee the causes as it is w to calculate the consequences. Mr. Wallace has bly toiled six years to illustrate the recent history of a nation's life. My object was t to write Mr. Wallace's narrative over again, but only to add one page to it. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.