Molotschna Colony (p. 58)
Catherine II died in 1796 and was succeeded by her son Paul.
The colonists were concerned that they might lose their special privileges and
sent a delegation to St. Petersburg.
After a prolonged absence they returned to Chortitza with a special document,
the heading of which was printed in gold, which guaranteed in perpetuity their
special privileges. This guarantee prompted a much larger contingent of more
prosperous Mennonites to migrate to Russia.
Since the partition of Poland
had been completed this group could follow a much shorter route from the Vistula
to Chortitza than that of the 1789 group. The new immigrants stayed in
Chortitza during the winter of 1803 - 1804 and then continued south to the Molotschna
River. By 1863 the colony had