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The last letter from Grand Duchess Tatiana to Valentina Ivanova Chebotareva: May 1/14, 1918-

"How did you spend the [Easter] holidays? They were sad for us, since we were without Father and Mother. You have probably already heard that they were taken away from us. It was so sad to separate ourselves from them. You are sure to understand. Maria went with them and we stayed with my brother, who is sick. Of course we were not told where to and for what purpose they were being taken- neither did they know anything. Almost a week after their departure we learned that they had arrived in Ekaterinburg. We receive letters from them. It is such a joy for us- Mother’s heart is hurting very much as a consequence of the awful road to Tyumen- they had to travel over 200 versts [140 miles] by horses along a horrible road. They spent nights in villages. Now they live in three rooms. Before their windows is a huge fence, so one sees only the top of a church. We are now expecting to leave shortly, as soon as brother fully recovers…" 

Nicholas II and his children on the roof of the greenhouse at the Governor’s Mansion in Tobolsk: 1917.

Nicholas II and his children on the roof of the greenhouse at the Governor’s Mansion in Tobolsk: 1917.

An Easter card I believe from Grand Duchess Olga to her parents and sister in Ekaterinburg. 

An Easter card I believe from Grand Duchess Olga to her parents and sister in Ekaterinburg. 

Easter letter written by Grand Duchess Maria to her sister Olga in Tobolsk: Spring, 1918. 
If anyone has the time to decipher handwriting/translate it would be much appreciated! 

Easter letter written by Grand Duchess Maria to her sister Olga in Tobolsk: Spring, 1918. 

If anyone has the time to decipher handwriting/translate it would be much appreciated! 

Nicholas II and (I think) Valya Dolgoruky sawing logs in the yard behind the Governor’s House in Tobolsk: 1917.

Nicholas II and (I think) Valya Dolgoruky sawing logs in the yard behind the Governor’s House in Tobolsk: 1917.

Alexandra Feodorovna on the balcony at the Governor’s House, Tobolsk: 1917. 

Alexandra Feodorovna on the balcony at the Governor’s House, Tobolsk: 1917. 

Two of the grand duchesses on the balcony of the Governor’s House in Tobolsk, 1917. A caption in another version of the photo identifies them as Maria and Anastasia (although to me it is really impossible to tell).

Two of the grand duchesses on the balcony of the Governor’s House in Tobolsk, 1917. A caption in another version of the photo identifies them as Maria and Anastasia (although to me it is really impossible to tell).

The tarantas that brought Nicholas, Alexandra, and Maria to Ekaterinburg: 1918. 

The tarantas that brought Nicholas, Alexandra, and Maria to Ekaterinburg: 1918. 

Grand Duchess Olga, Nicholas II, Grand Duchess Tatiana and Grand Duchess Anastasia on top of the green house roof in Tobolsk: late 1917-early 1918. 

Grand Duchess Olga, Nicholas II, Grand Duchess Tatiana and Grand Duchess Anastasia on top of the green house roof in Tobolsk: late 1917-early 1918. 

The Grand Duchesses and Tsarevich outside the Governor’s House in Tobolsk with their father and some guards: August, 1917. 

The Grand Duchesses and Tsarevich outside the Governor’s House in Tobolsk with their father and some guards: August, 1917.