Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joel Yancey, 25 December 1819

To Joel Yancey

Monticello Dec. 25. 19.

Dear Sir

In my letter by Jerry I forgot to request you to send by the waggon the barrel of biscuit also, as before spring it will become mouldy probably and spoilt.

With respect to the canal, I look to the grinding plaister as the thing which is to produce us crops and improve our lands. and that therefore we should think it a lasting compensation for shortening a particular crop somewhat. yet I would not sacrifice a crop, but divide the work.

I think the canal will employ your whole force about a fortnight. the dam some time in addition. give what time you can spare withou[t] too much injury, and if it does not finish it, lay it over till you have more time. work on it, for example, one week i[n the?] first instance, and see what progress that makes, and form your estimate1 on that. whatever you decide on for the best in your own judgment, I shall be satisfied with: this letter will be in Lynchburg on the 27th in time I hope before Jerry’s departure. affectionately yours.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Louis H. Girardin to TJ, 11 Mar. 1819; mutilated at seal, with one word rewritten by TJ; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Mr Yancey”; endorsed by TJ.

1Manuscript: “esmate.”

Index Entries

  • agriculture; gypsum used in search
  • food; biscuits search
  • gypsum (plaster of paris); at Poplar Forest search
  • Jeremiah (Jerry) (TJ’s slave; b.1777); as wagoner search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); canal at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); crops at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); gypsum used as fertilizer at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); slaves at search
  • slaves; and work plans for Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters to search