Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joel Yancey, 4 December 1819

To Joel Yancey

Monticello Dec. 4. 19.

Dear Sir

Having got my endorsem[e]nt1 for mr Nicholas arranged with the bank of the US. all to the recording of the deed, which I have promised them to have done, I inclose it to you for this purpose; and wishing to be punctual with them I will pray you to get it done immediately by the clerk and send me his certificate that I may forward it to them. they have given 2. 3. & 4. years for the payment of this part of mr Nicholas’s debts, and a late decision of the court of appeals having settled that every debt in the least tainted by shaving or usurious interest is thereby extinguished, this sweeps off nine tenths of his debts, and leaves mine perfectly safe, as he can easily pay the bonâ fide ones and I am satisfied he will consider mine as the first. I expect a [let]ter from J. Hemings to-night, but as the mail arrives in the night and goes out before day, I cannot answer it till next week. having resolved to ship my tobo I will pray you to hasten it’s being got ready & sent down.   Your’s Affectionately

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; damaged at seal; at foot of text: “Mr Yancey”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ’s Deed of Trust of Bedford County Land to Andrew Stevenson and Bernard Peyton, 15 Sept. 1819, document 4 in a group of documents on Jefferson’s Mortgage of Bedford County Land, 15 Sept. 1819.

The clerk of Bedford County was James Steptoe. For the late decision of the court of appeals, see Francis W. Gilmer to TJ, 24 Jan. 1820.

1Word faint.

Index Entries

  • Bank of the United States, Second, Richmond branch of; and W. C. Nicholas’s debts search
  • Bedford County, Va.; deeds of trust for land in search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; andTaylor v. Bruce search
  • Hemmings, John (TJ’s slave; b. ca.1776); travels to and from Poplar Forest search
  • interest; and usury search
  • interest; rate limits in Va. search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; endorses notes for W. C. Nicholas search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Deed of Trust of Bedford County Land to Andrew Stevenson and Bernard Peyton search
  • law; usury search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); TJ endorses notes for search
  • Peyton, Bernard; TJ deeds Bedford Co. land to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); carpentry at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • slaves; travels of search
  • Steptoe, James; clerk of Bedford Co. search
  • Stevenson, Andrew; TJ deeds Bedford Co. land to search
  • Taylor v. Bruce search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • Virginia; Court of Appeals search
  • Virginia; interest rates in search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters to search