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Thomas Jefferson to Joel Yancey, 21 December 1816

To Joel Yancey

Monticello Dec. 21. 16.

Dear Sir

I recieved 3 days ago your’s of Dec. 14. and now inclose you an order on Richmond for 94.70 D the amount of my US. taxes in Bedford, which are exactly the half this year of what they were the last. I inclose you also a blank for the list of the stock, stating the heads under which they are to be stated.   I am sorry to inform you that the completion of the waggon will be very much delayed by a very serious accident to my toll1 mill during my late absence in Bedford. the shaft whose decayed state had been some time threatening, snapt suddenly in two at the mortises of the cogwheel. Goodman was of course taken off by this, and will still be a considerable time getting the mill to work again, our daily loss while she is idle being great in the article of bread. I think therefore you had better have the waggon there put into sufficient condition for bringing down the pork, as it will be no loss to have it in serviceable condition. our waggon here could not be spared till the 2d week of January, and I think I had better put off her departure still longer, in order to give time for the repair of yours, and also in the hope that by the return of the 2d trip with the pork the new one may be ready to accompany the old one back. in this I will be governed by what you will advise me by the return of Barnaby. I am anxious to hear that our flour is all gone down. I retain my confidence that from the great failure of crops in Europe generally and in America the price will be higher in the spring than ever was given before. I salute you with great friendship and respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from David Bailie Warden to TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Yancey”; endorsed by TJ.

Missing letters from Yancey to TJ of dec. 14. and 29 Dec. 1816 are recorded in SJL as received 18 Dec. 1816 from Poplar Forest and 2 Jan. 1817 from Bedford, respectively.

The enclosed order on richmond, not found, was drawn on Gibson & Jefferson “in favr. of US. Collector being my taxes due to US. for Bedford, to wit ante Mar. 15. 170.D. & Mar. 28. 19.40 ÷ 2 = 94.70” (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1329). Other enclosure not found.

goodman: Rolin Goodman. A missing letter from his brother Jeremiah A. Goodman to TJ of 15 Dec. 1816 is inconsistently logged into SJL as received a day prior to its purported composition. On 17 Dec. 1816 TJ recorded a payment to the latter of “147.50 which reduces balance to 400.D.” (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1329).

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Index Entries

  • bread; scarcity of search
  • crops; failure of search
  • Europe; crop failures in search
  • flour; from Poplar Forest search
  • flour; price of search
  • food; bread search
  • food; pork search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); payments made for TJ search
  • Gillette, Barnaby (TJ’s slave; b.1783); at Poplar Forest search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; letters from accounted for search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; TJ pays search
  • Goodman, Rolin; carpenter for TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to J. A. Goodman search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; pays taxes search
  • livestock; at Poplar Forest search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); flour from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); livestock at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); taxes on search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • pork; transported to and from Poplar Forest search
  • Shadwell mills; and toll mill search
  • slaves; travels of search
  • taxes; direct search
  • taxes; TJ pays search
  • United States; crop failures in search
  • wagons; built search
  • wagons; repair of search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters from accounted for search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters to search