On December 1 1812, in St Petersburg, John Quincy Adams writes, in part, the following diary entry :
December 1st. The ladies were to have gone to the theatre, at which a French Opera had been announced. It was changed, however, for a Russian play. Great efforts have been made to obtain the dismissal of all the French players ; and it has been repeatedly said that the Emperor had determined to dismiss them. The Russian public have manifested some uneasiness at their continuance here, and everything French, even the language, has become an object of their abhorrence.