Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 21 May 1810

To Charles Yancey

Monticello May 21. 10.


Immediately on the reciept of your letter I wrote to mr Scott the marshal of the state, according to your request, but it appears there had been a previous appointment, by the letter now inclosed to you. with my regrets at this unsuccesful endeavor to gratify your wishes, accept the assurance of my respect

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Charles Yancey”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: Joseph Scott to TJ, 14 May 1810, recorded in SJL as received from Richmond on 16 May 1810, but not found.

Charles Yancey (1766–ca. 1825) was a magistrate of Albemarle County from 1796, colonel in the local militia, 1806–15, and sheriff, 1821–23. He represented the county in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1814–17. Yancey also operated a tavern, store, mill, and distillery. He corresponded regularly with TJ on subjects ranging from procurement of clover seed and millstones to matters under consideration by the General Assembly, including the incorporation of Central College (Charles Yancey family Bible, in possession of his descendants in 1984; Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901 description ends , 357–8, 373, 375; Leonard, General Assembly description begins Cynthia Miller Leonard, comp., The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619–January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members, 1978 description ends , 277, 281, 285; TJ to Yancey, 11 Oct. 1812, 15 Oct. 1815, 6 Jan. 1816).

Index Entries

  • Central College (Charlottesville); professors at search
  • Scott, Joseph; letters from accounted for search
  • Yancey, Charles; identified search
  • Yancey, Charles; letters to search
  • Yancey, Charles; seeks appointment of son search