Some more from dear Joanna’s research :-) My translation is very poor – so it’s a bit hilarious.
June 14, 1916
I don’t know how to thank you, my Papa, for the gift you’ve given me! I am sorry I cannot write much as I am very busy. In the morning, I went to the infirmary and had to assist the wounded to a new lazaret. We just had lunch, and now must go to the blessing of the new hospital. It is such a comfortable place. I kiss you and Alexei. God keep you. Your Kazanets
June 17, 1916
.My dear Papa!
Now I sit on the balcony with Mama and Anya. We have just finished lunch. There is a thunderstorm today and we can hear a lot of thunder. I do not know what we are going to do. Now, Anastasia and I often go to our new hospital. It is awfully nice. I hope when you return, you would go with us. Every evening, we sisters are in the infirmary and we play dobchinsky-bobchinsky. You cannot imagine how Baron Taube fussed and argued with Rita Khitrovo. They always harass each other. Every time lightning strikes, Anya would do a sign of the cross and say:”Oh, I do not need it. I do not want a thunderstorm”. I’ll stop writing now as there is nothing more to write. I kiss you and Alexei firmly. Thank Zhilik for his letter. God keep you. Your Kazanets.
August 15, 1916
My dear good Papa!
For the past four days, we did not play tennis. It is terribly cold and it rains everyday. This morning, we went to Mass and then I went with Trina and Shvibzk [Anastasia]. As we drove past the station, we met Voyeikov riding on a motor [car]. At 11:30, the Tsar’s train arrived from Mogilyev. You must be very pleased to have Nick. We opened a window in our room and I am slowly freezing. Now, we’ll have to go to lunch, but Mama might not join us…I kiss you and Alexei. I’m sorry for this boring letter, but I don’t have anything interesting to tell you. God keep you. Your Kazanets.
Bow to Kolya.
30 October 1916
My dear Papa!
Today, it is two years since the Great Palace hospital was established and therefore, we must go there to see a concert. Your friend Lersky will be there. I will be pleased to see him because he usually says a lot of good and funny things. Now I sit with Mama. We attended the early morning mass and then went to the hospital. We played billiards. I played only once, because as a pig, it is difficult to play without practice. Victor Erastovich was in the infirmary yesterday, and played billiards, too. It is now time to stop, as I must finish two shirts for officers who will be leaving our hospital at 6 o’clock with Mama. I kiss you strongly. God keep you. Your Kazanets