”There were so many poor people in this country in 1833. So many that something had to be done. Beeing tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna I felt it was my job. No, my duty! Allthough my husband, tsar Nicolas I, was somewhat dubious of course. But what a croud of people were here to greet us on the 29th of May in 1833 when we arrived on steam ship, no less, to inspect the construction of Helsinki…”