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Thomas Jefferson to Joel Yancey, 3 November 1817

To Joel Yancey

Monticello Nov. 3. 17.

Dear Sir

When I left you I counted with certainty on being at Poplar Forest during the last week at the latest; but the decision on my road here which comes on in our court to-day or tomorrow has detained me. to that is now added the difficulty of keeping our workmen at the College together so as to ensure the finishing it. this depends on their diligence for one fortnight more within which time the walls may be finished, and during which time it is probable I shall be obliged to see them every day or two, or risk the entire failure in what we have given the public a right to expect. about this time fortnight therefore I expect to be with you. in the meantime accept the assurance of my great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Sloan & Wise to TJ, 18 Sept. 1817; at foot of text: “Mr Yancey”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County, Va.; roads in search
  • Albemarle County Court, Va. search
  • Central College; builders for search
  • Central College; construction of search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • roads; in Albemarle Co. search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters to search