Thomas Jefferson Papers

Charles Yancey to Thomas Jefferson, 14 October 1812

From Charles Yancey

Charlottesville 14th October 1812


Yours of the 11th is this moment Recd & it’s with great pleasure, I inform You that it’s in my power to have the Stones Cut as You direct. I think them equal to Any Country Stones, I have seen. but for Corn, or rye, I would prefer Cologne Stones. I have tried the Stones you allude to. Shall endeavor to have them cut agreeable to the dementions, you mention. tho’ You have not mentioned the Thickness. I think the Runner ought to be at least 16 inches thro’ the eye. I can have them brought to the place You mention, for Common price. Suppose the Cuting will Cost $40. including Tax of Quarry, with Sentiments of high Consideration. I am Your Mo Ob St

Charles Yancey

Ps they shall be ready as soon as possible

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 15 Oct. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

Millstones were frequently made of the dark bluish-gray volcanic rock commonly known as “cullin,” a name derived from its German city of origin, Köln or cologne. A runner is the upper of the two millstones (Brooke Hindle, ed., America’s Wooden Age: Aspects of its Early Technology [1975], 142, 144).

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