This was how my plans on village governance developed. In gen- eral, everything was fine and everyone was satisfied with me. I also occupied myself with selling iron products at the Nizhegorod fair. Until 1830 this part of my activity also went well. As a result, I al- ways received praise and rewards. In 1830 we sold our iron at prices even higher than we had expected.
Unfortunately for me, an outbreak of cholera killed two of my assistants, who had taken care of transporting iron products from the Siberian mills and delivering them, according to my sale orders, to the customers, as we had always done. On one occasion it turned out that the load arrived short by one thousand two hun- dred puds121, which, according to contemporary prices, amounted to 4,560 paper rubles.
I was not responsible for matters concerning the formal accep- tance and delivery of goods. However, the office of the general estate management required an explanation from me. Soon after- wards they sent an inspector to Velikoe. Having examined the es- tate’s business, and having talked to the friends of the deceased transportation assistants about the lost iron, the inspector could find nothing obvious or even anything questionable to hold against me. Even so, correspondence on this matter continued for an entire year... Obviously there were no complaints against me on the part of the landlords, since they would not have stood on ceremony in
121 19,200 kg.