Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joel Yancey to Thomas Jefferson, 10 April 1819

From Joel Yancey

Lynchburg 10th April 1819

Dr Sir

I been endeavouring to send off your Tobacco for several days past, but can,t get a boat, till Tuesday or wednesday next Doct Cabell Says he will send down 6 Hhds then, there will not1 be more than 1 or two hhds behind, of inferior, which I will have here next week, the crop, which I apprised you last autumn, would be very short, which is pretty generally so in this part of the country, and the prices also very low here, from 5. to 8. ds. Mr Mitchell Sent your flour to Mr Gibson about 10 days ago, and I requested him, to desire Mr Gibson to advise you of it, which he tells me he has done, there is 140 blls Superfine, I have had no offers for the land, indeed there is such pecunary distress here in consequence of the number of failures, that almost every thing seems to be at stand a greeat many Country gentlemen is almost Ruind by indorsing for merchants, who has faild particulerly for Benj. Perkins, who is said to owe 250.000 ds, in short there is nothing like, the gloom & distrust2 that hangs almost upon all3 the people in this place and the neighborhood, I begin now with greeat pleasure every day to expect to see you at P. Forest, the negroes are still sickly, Hall has been confined almost 3 months, he Says he is poisined, and none but a negroe Doctr can save him, I can,t consent to imploy these people, unless instructed,   hoping to see you very soon   I am wth greeat respect

Yr huml Servt

Joel Yancey

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 1 May 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Thomas Eston Randolph, 24 June 1819, on verso; addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticello”; franked; postmarked Lynchburg, 11 Apr.

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Index Entries

  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • Cabell, George; boats of search
  • flour; from Poplar Forest search
  • flour; transported to Richmond search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Hall (Hal) (TJ’s slave;1767–1819); health of search
  • health; of slaves search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; tries to sell land search
  • Mitchell, Mr.; and TJ’s flour search
  • Perkins, Benjamin; insolvency of search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); flour from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); slaves at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour shipped to search
  • Robertson, Daniel; land patented by search
  • slaves; health of search
  • slaves; medical treatment for search
  • tobacco; as cash crop search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • tobacco; price of search
  • United States; Panic of1819 search
  • Virginia; and Panic of1819 search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters from search