military men, fail to respect the Emperor
's deference to the views of his subordinates.
On the 19th of July the commission proceeded to Moscow
, and examined whatever was of interest in a military point of view there.
Hastening back to St Petersburg
, they left that city on the 2d of August, and arrived at Berlin
on the 25th, having in the interval observed the fortifications and defences at Konigsberg
, Dantzig, Posen, and Schwedt.
the various military establishments in that city and at Spandau were carefully inspected.
they determined to go to the Crimea by the way of Dresden
, Laybach, Trieste
, and Smyrna
, and found themselves at last on the line of operations of the allied army at Constantinople
, on the 16th of September.
To the courtesy of the English
naval authorities they were indebted for a passage in the first steamer that sailed for Balaklava
, where they arrived on the morning of October 8.
Here every possible facility and kindness, official and personal, was extended to them by the officers of the English
army, including Sir George Simpson
, the commander.
It was hoped that the French Government
would relax the rule they had laid down in the spring; but the new authorization to visit their camps and army, received at Balaklava
, contained substantially the same condition as had been before exacted, and the commission could not avail themselves of the permission to which such terms were attached.
The result was that they confined their examination to the camps, depots, parks, workshops, &c. of the English