Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joel Yancey to Thomas Jefferson, 8 October 1819

From Joel Yancey

Poplar forest 8th Octr 19

Dr Sir

I now inclose you Mr Hepburns bill for repairing the thrashing Machine amounting to 49 dollars 34 cts, your taxes the Sheriffs Say must be paid in this month and if convenient may be included in the Dft, they are a hungary set, and will not wait, the Printer agrees to reduce his a/c to 30 dollars, and wishes that the Proctor may be directed to pay it immediately to his order, I told him you said 20, was more than the job was worth, and gave him to understand he would get no more but he declares he must have 30, or nothing, we are all well and have for the last 10 days, fine weather for our Tobo I have no doubt now but that we shall get it all in, and the most of it will be good, Hepburn has furnishd me with a Bill of Scantling1 for the mill which I shall endeavour to get Sawed as Soon as possible he is now building a mill for Mr Clay in Campbell, I expect to begin Sowing wheat on Monday next, your old acquaintances in this neighborhood are all in good health and very desirous to hear that your health is good also, and that they may have the pleasure of seeing you in the forest again this autumn

with the highest respect
I am yr mo ob St

Joel Yancey

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 16 Oct. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

The proctor of the University of Virginia was Arthur S. Brockenbrough.

1Manuscript: “Santling.”

Index Entries

  • agriculture; threshing machines search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Clay, Mr. (of Campbell Co.); mills of search
  • Hepburn, Alexander; as millwright search
  • Hepburn, Alexander; repairs machines search
  • machines; threshing search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); mills at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); taxes on search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); threshing machine at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); wheat grown at search
  • taxes; TJ pays search
  • tobacco; effect of weather on search
  • wheat; at Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters from search