Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joel Yancey, 10 November 1818

To Joel Yancey

Monticello Nov.1 10. 18

Dear Sir

When I wrote to you on the 11th of Sep. I confidently hoped to recover my health and strength to be with you long before this. but I am not yet able to go out of the house: and altho’ much recovered, I shall not have strength for the journey until it will be too cold to undertake it. I shall not therefore see you until April. in this case I must pray you to act in all things for the best according to your own judgment, and without waiting to consult me. a first object will be to get the flour down immediately, and the tobo got ready and down as early as possible. what your homespun falls short of clothing for the people must be supplied from mr Robertson’s. I will state below who are to have blankets, and who beds this year. with respect to the hogs when ready for slaughter, the overseer’s allowance is first taken, then 20. for the negroes, 12 to be kept there for my use and the rest to come here. I suppose those to come here had better be killed there, to give the benefit of the offal to those who raised them, and if our waggon here is necessary to join yours to bring the meat down it shall be at Poplar Forest any day you will name. I think you were expecting to be able to begin in furnishing us some beeves and muttons for the winter. if you have them to spare, they may come with the waggon. I must pray you to get mr Martin to saw for me the stuff stated on the next page, and to have it hauled home and stowed away in time. I shall carry up Johnny Hemings & his 2. assistants early in the year and they will work there till the fall. I salute you with affectionate esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ, with enclosures on recto of address cover; at foot of text: “Mr Yancey”; endorsed by TJ.

A missing letter from Yancey to TJ of Nov. 1818 is recorded in SJL as received 18 Nov. 1818 from Poplar Forest.

1Word interlined in place of “Oct.”

Index Entries

  • beds; for slaves search
  • blankets; for slaves search
  • cattle; at Poplar Forest search
  • flour; from Poplar Forest search
  • Hemmings, John (TJ’s slave; b. ca.1776); travels to and from Poplar Forest search
  • household articles; beds search
  • household articles; blankets search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; illness of search
  • Martin, James; TJ’s Sawing Instructions for search
  • pigs; at Poplar Forest search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); cattle at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); flour from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); hogs at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); sheep at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Robertson, Archibald; and cloth for slaves search
  • sheep; at Poplar Forest search
  • slaves; blankets and beds for search
  • slaves; hogs for search
  • textiles; homespun search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • wagons; transport goods between Monticello and Poplar Forest 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