Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joel Yancey, 25 June 1817

To Joel Yancey

Monticello June 25. 17.

Dear Sir

I send off Nace and Philip this morning to assist in your harvest, and intended to have set out myself, but am prevented by the lameness of one of my horses. I am in hopes he will be fit for the road in 2. or 3. days more, and that I shall be close on the heels of the bearers. we begin to cut rye this day and on Monday our wheat will be in order. it is recovered from the fly more than we ever expected. I salute you with friendship & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Charles Willson Peale to TJ, 20 May 1817; at foot of text: “Mr Yancey”; endorsed by TJ.

nace and philip remained in Bedford County until at least 13 July 1817, when TJ recorded giving them 12½ cents to pay the bridge toll at Lynchburg on the day that he departed Poplar Forest for Monticello (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 , 2:1335).

Index Entries

  • crops; rye search
  • Hessian fly search
  • horses; disabled search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; toll bridge at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); rye crop at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); wheat crop at search
  • Nace (TJ’s slave; b.1796); at Poplar Forest search
  • Philip (TJ’s slave; b.1796); at Poplar Forest search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); harvest at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); slaves at search
  • rye; as crop search
  • slaves; and work plans for Poplar Forest search
  • wheat; at Monticello search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters to search