|Letter dated December 12 1916 written from the General Headquarters. Dolgorukov writes to say that a council of war is to be held and that all Commanders-in-Chief and their Chiefs of staff are in attendance. There have been talks with Fredericksz on whether to accommodate the King of Romania and his family in Petrograd, Odessa or Moscow. The situation in Romania is discussed at length reporting that German pressure on the country is very strong and they appear to be aiming for Odessa. There are no ammunition factories in Romania and the army is very poor, the Romanians have set fire to all their oil wells so that the only thing the Germans could seize is grain. Dolgorukov thinks that all the Inspectors of Guards and similar ornamental appointments are pure farce and wonders whether the Tsar's proposed visit to Novgorod is not an attempt to seek popularity.