Countess Antonina Dmitrievna Bludova - daughter
Dmitry Nikolayevich got a home education.
Despite his distinguished official career, he is also notable for his literary background. Dmitry Nikolayevich was a founding member of the Arzamas Society, with Cassandra as his alias. He headed the Russian embassy in London in 1817-1820. Although on friendly terms with many of the Decembrists, Bludov presided over the court that condemned them to death.
During Nicholas I's reign, he was considered one of the more liberal officials. He was in charge of reorganizing the courts and drafting a new criminal code (adopted in 1845). Bludov's extensive diaries have never been published.
Quotes from others about the person
Leo Tolstoy described Bludov's house on Nevsky Avenue as the place: "where writers, and in general, the best people of the time would gather. I remember that I read Two Hussars there for the first time. Bludov was a man who was at one time close to the Decembrists and sympathetic in spirit to the whole progressive movement. All the same, he continued in government service under Nicholas".