Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joel Yancey to Thomas Jefferson, 24 December 1818

From Joel Yancey

Poplar Forest 24th Dec, 18

Dr Sir

Your two Boys Dick & Moses arrived here on Monday night last both on Horse-back without a pass, but Said they had your permission to visit their friends here this Xmass, yesterday two men came in pursuit of them for Stealing their Horse and Saddle, they found the horse here and Dick1 acknowledged that he road it from albemarl, but that it was a stray, and that he was endeavouring to find the owner,2 moses has made his escape, and Dick agrreed to take a whiping, which I thought was better than taking them before a justice of the Peace, which the men were determined to do unless they got some satisfaction, the owners of the horse William Hamner & Son both from your County, after getting their Horse was content to give him a very light whipping indeed not near Sufficient in my opinion to deter him from commiting a like offence, I have thought it probable they may be runaways and that both Horses is Stolen, the other3 Horse, they Say is yours, which I have, and shall have taken care of until I here from you or the owner comes, should I not here from you before next Tuesday I Send them down with the Horse. In haste with great respect I am

yr mo obt

Joel Yancey


The pork is ready, and as soon as your waggon comes4 up I will send it off immediately, there is no beaves nor mottons this fall. I wrote you last Friday from Lynchburg

J. Yancey

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “mr. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 28 Dec. 1818 and so recorded in SJL.

Yancey’s letter of last friday, 18 Dec. 1818, not found, is recorded in SJL as received 28 Dec. 1818 from Lynchburg.

1Word interlined.

2Manuscript: “ower.”

3Word interlined.

4Yancey here canceled “down.”

Index Entries

  • beef; at Poplar Forest search
  • Christmas; and slaves’ family visits search
  • food; beef search
  • food; mutton search
  • food; pork search
  • Gillette, Dick (TJ’s slave; b.1790); accused of theft search
  • Gillette, Moses (TJ’s slave; b.1803); accused of theft search
  • Hamner, Mr.; horse of search
  • Hamner, William; horse of search
  • horses; theft of search
  • mutton search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); livestock at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); superintendent of search
  • pork; transported to and from Poplar Forest search
  • saddles search
  • slaves; accused of theft search
  • slaves; beaten search
  • slaves; Christmas travels permitted 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 search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters from accounted for search