File No. 861.00/577

The Ambassador in Russia ( Francis) to the Secretary of State


1848. After conference finally adjourned evening of 5th its delegation conferred throughout the night with the Provisional Government. Pre-Parliament, or Democratic Municipal [sic] Council as now designated, assembled in the City Duma, elected Cheidze president and recessed to wait report of delegation appointed by conference. After six hours’ continuous session agreement reached which reported to Democratic Council and after hours of discussion extending throughout the night such agreement adopted morning of 7th by vote 109 to 85, abstaining 21. Agrees to total membership 308, of which bourgeois 125, Bolsheviks 66, which consider a victory for Government. Power of council or Ministry’s responsibility thereto not clearly defined. Personnel of Ministry which will be announced to-morrow is the same as cabled in my 1824, September 30, 7 p.m. Tereshchenko, who tendered his resignation and was not visible 6th or 7th, is in Foreign Office to-day but says his continuing in the Ministry conditioned on his having no responsibility for internal conditions and devoting attention exclusively to foreign relations. Quiet here.