Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joel Yancey, 20 October 1819

Bedford 20th Octr, 19

Dr Sir

Yours of 14th & 16th I received yesterday, in answer to that of the 14th permit me to asure you of my particular attentions to the contents, and at all times my best exertions to manage your estate here as well as I know how I wrote you on thursday last informing you of the amount of your taxes which is 145d and some cents, I should have mentioned the amount in my letter of 8th but had not then seen the sheriff, it is higher this year, (owing to the Cty. and parish levies) then last I state—the amount from memory, having mislaid the memo I took, when I examined the lest but I am certain it is between 145 & 146 dollars

Moses Billy is at Tomahawk at work, he arrived at the Forest Monday night, (he says,) he came to me last Evening, I shall send him down as soon as I can get any person that I can depend upon to take charge of him, Hanahs, Billy has not made his appearance yet, but expect him to night if he started on monday as you expected, but I had rather not see him, if you could dispose of him any other way that would be agreeable to you, I had at one time great hopes of reclaiming him, but for the last 12 Mos I despair of making any thing of him, he is certainly the most consumate, bloody minded Vallain that I ever Saw of his age, and he becomes more & more daring as he increases in strength, Bowling says, that Billy commenced the attack on him, with a stone in each hand, and struck him several times before he could get one of them from him, and when he did so he used it in self defence, he acKnowledgs with a view to do him all the harm he could, Billy however in the scuffle got his thumb in his mouth and [. . .] it severely and made his escape Hanah saw it all, and told me Billy had bite and struck the overseer before I had seen him and she expected he was then looking me, I’m thus particular, at the request of Bowling, what must be done? They run from here to you, and from you here, I Know of only one remedy—

Yrs truly

Joel Yancey

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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