Testimonial, for Alexander Jandasewski, no. 2390, text in Russian, ink on paper, Kazan, Russia, 1872.
Vertical format, single sheet folded in half lengthways, handwritten text in faded black ink on all sides. Front page is watermarked with Russian state emblem. Document is marked as N 2390. The testimonial was made for Alexander Ivanovitch Jandasewski, who was a [mid level] bureaucrat. It outlines his education, work history and his religious faith. It also states his marriage to Janista Ivanova, and his children, Wasili (Guillaume), born December 20, 1860 and Maria, born January 3, 1863. The testimonial dates to May 21 1872. (See OF for translation of text)
Watermarked Russian emblem, u.l.cnr, in black, 2 headed eagle, withtext in Russin beneath, enclosed in a circular border, 2 official stamps on last page, c.l., in green, circular border enclosing crest with text around edge in Russian.
Translation by Tatiana Muntian
"Price 20 Kopeks. (Russian state emblem in top right corner). From the city of Kazan (capital of Tarkas) with the permission of His Imperial Majesty, this testimonial was done for Alexander Ivanovitch Jandasewski who was a (mid level) bureaucrat. His is 37 years old, his faith is Russian Orthodox and he has no orders or badges of office. For his income he relies on his work. Neither he nor his wife are landowners. He studied in a college in Nijni Novgarat (on the Volga River, not far from Kazan). After he finished his education he began work in a government philanthropic organisation in Kazan. He worked there from 28 September 1851. He then moved to Cistopol and worked there as a clerk of the court. One 7 September 1857 he moved to the City Counciul in Kazan where he worked as an accountant. He recieved a 'high title' in 1860 in recognitiion of this length of service.
In 1861 he left the service. On 16 September he started work in the Kazan Post Office. In 1863 he moved to a property management organisation and worked there as an accountant. In 1863 he was promoted and give a 'high title ' becoming secretary of the region. In 1864 he was released from the service for family reasons. After that he worked in the Cistopol court filling a vacancy and worked there until 1869 when the court closed. He had also many times worked as a judge and inspector. In 1868 he received a high title. He was release on 16 August 1871.
He has never broken the law and never taken a holiday. He did not work from 12 May to 16 September 1861 and from 16 May 1864 to 11 August 1865.
He married once, to Janista Ivanova and has a son Wasili (born 20 December 1860) and a daughter Maria (born 4 January 1863). His wife is a Lutheran but his children belonged to the Russian Orthodox Church. This testimonial is a true copy and was made on 21 May 1872.