Dostoevsky was visibly flattered by the volume of his correspondence, and savoured the universal recognition which he was at last enjoying. The celebrations assumed the generous dimensions which are proper to all Russian festivities, and which testify to the power of endurance of the Russian enthusiast. A religious service in the church of the Strastnoy Monastery was by the unveiling of the monument. A group of students of the Moscow University wrote to ask his opinion on the rights and wrongs of a street brawl in which they had been implicated. The celebrations which were to follow the unveiling were organized by the Moscow Society of Lovers of Russian Literature; and the Moscow City Council offered hospitality to the numerous delegates of literary organizations. The mourning for Dostoevsky was both official and popular. On the morrow of his death, the state offered to defray the expenses of his funeral and of the education of his children.