Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 29 August 1814

To Charles Yancey

Monticello Aug. 29. 14.


I thank you for your letter of the 22d and the information it contained. your proposal of continuing to favor me with the occurrences, now become doubly interesting, cannot but be acceptable; while I fear it would not be in my power to offer any thing interesting in exchange for your favors. here we believe ourselves free from danger, and all our young men therefore are thronging to the standard of their country. the silver greys who remain, will of course have to keep their eye on any danger which might arise within their houshold, of which however there is not the least apprehension.1 My son in law & grandson are already set out for the field, and my grand-son in law, mr Bankhead, is now setting out, and will be the bearer of this. if I were able either to walk or ride I would join them. mr Bankhead goes as a volunteer, without any commission. if you can befriend him with any birth better than that of the ranks it would be thankfully acknoleged. you know him personally I believe, and therefore I need add nothing more than the assurances of my great esteem & respect and wishes for your health and success

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Colo Yancey”; endorsed by TJ.

TJ’s son in law was Thomas Mann Randolph and his grandson was Thomas Jefferson Randolph.

1TJ here deleted “Accept the as.”

Index Entries

  • Bankhead, Charles Lewis (Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead’s husband); military service of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; local effects of war search
  • militia; organization of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); military service of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); military service of search
  • War of1812; militia activity search
  • War of1812; volunteer troops search
  • Yancey, Charles; letters to search
  • Yancey, Charles; militia service of search