"On leaving now for Helsingfors, I see that my actions as Governor General
find support not only in the policy of the Provisional Government but also in the
attitudes of vast public circles. The only dissonant [voice] in the public's attitude
on the Finnish question was the well-known resolution of the All-Russian Congress
of Soviets of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies, which gave rise to highly regret-
table misunderstandings, because the political and legal terminology it contained
was given too literal an interpretation by certain Finnish circles. However, we
have every reason to believe that this resolution, which was adopted in a hurry,
does not reflect the opinions of those democratic circles in the name of which it
Source: Rech', No. 215, September 13, 1917. In The Russian Provisional Government 1917. Documents. Selected and edited by Robert Paul Browder and Alexander Kerensky. Stanford University Press, 1961.
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