If he was an innocent prospective purchaser, he might very well reply.
One thing has come on top of another: her rags to buy, and now a purchaser has turned up for the Moscow estate and for the house.
To encourage the poorer classes of the people to become landholders, it was decided that the lots offered for sale should be small, and that the purchaser should be allowed to pay by five or ten yearly instalments.
None of these may be sold to any person who is unknown to the seller, unless introduced by a person known to the seller, and not until after an entry is made in a book kept for the purpose, stating, in the prescribed form, the date of sale, name and address of purchaser, the name and quantity of the article sold, and the purpose for which it is stated by the purchaser to be required.
The signature of the purchaser and introducer (if any) must be affixed to the entry.