Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joel Yancey, 4 January [1819]

To Joel Yancey

Monticello Jan. 4. 18. [1819]

Dear Sir

Your letter of the 18th Dec. was not recieved till the 28th. that of the 24th came at the same time which proved that the first had lost a week at some of the intermediate post offices, and often they lose a fortnight. the bringing home some corn detained the waggon till now. it carries up some doors for the house which should be put in one of the rooms where they will be kept dry, and a box of wine to be put into the Cellar, as it requires a cool place. if the pork should weigh 7000 ℔ as you expect it is too much for two loads. you had better divide it into three, and our waggon shall go back with yours and bring the third. he carries a sowing of the forwardest peas I have ever met with, which I have directed1 him to give to Nace. if he will sow them about the middle of February, I think I shall have them in my April visit. if you can send me the weights of the hogs killed, distinguishing how disposed of, I shall be glad of it, as I generally set these things down; as also a list of the stock. you do not say in your letter whether the flour is gone down, which it is necessary I should know, that I may know when I may draw. if not sent before the carriage of tobo comes into competition, I fear it will be difficult and dear getting it down. I wish you to hasten the tobo too as much as I can.2 but I am sure you will do this and every thing else for the best. my entire confidence in you makes me quite easy under the accident of my long absence. I am with the best wishes for your health and welfare

Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

P.S. a small box of books is sent to be put in one of the rooms

PoC (MHi); misdated; adjacent to signature: “Mr Yancey”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 4 Jan. 1819 and so recorded in SJL; on verso of an undated and unsigned note to TJ: “Mrs Easton will thank Mr Jefferson to Forward the enclosed shou’d Mrs Trist have left Monticello” (enclosure not found).

For Yancey’s letter of the 18th dec., see note to Yancey to TJ, 24 Dec. 1818.

1Manuscript: “dircted.”

2Thus in manuscript.

Index Entries

  • corn; transportation of search
  • Easton, Mrs.; and E. H. Trist search
  • flour; from Poplar Forest search
  • food; pork search
  • Nace (TJ’s slave; b.1773); as gardener search
  • peas; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • pigs; at Poplar Forest search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); cellars at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); doors 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); library at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); Overseers at; TJ’s instructions to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); peas grown at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • pork; transported to and from Poplar Forest search
  • seeds; pea search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; TJ forwards letter to search
  • wine; at Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters to search