Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joel Yancey to Thomas Jefferson, 31 December 1819

From Joel Yancey

Poplar Forest 31st Decr 1819

Dear Sir

Your waggon, arrived here on 24th by it I receivd a cask of cyder and wine which I stowed away in the deep cellar I should have started them back, with the pork on wednesday last, but we had some fixing to do, not expecting your waggon till after Xmas, which we could not finish till yesterday, they are now loaded but as it is late in the evening and the weather so bad, I have directed them to stay here to night and make a very early start in the morning. I expect Hepburn has been with you before this, as he told me that he should certainly set off down on 24th

annexed you will find an account of each load, if you can make it out my hands are so numbd with cold, that I can scarcly write at all, the Snow here is about 6 Inches deep—with highest respect

I am yr mo obt

Joel Yancey

Jerrys load

1 Hhd 105 pieces pork
1 Barrel Shad & 1 cask of lard wghng 119lb gross— }


Hhd 105 pieces pork
1 firkin butter weighing 70lb gross
 54lb Soap.

RC (MHi); addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticello” by “Jerry”; endorsed by TJ as received 5 Jan. 1820 and so recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • alcohol; cider search
  • butter; sent to TJ search
  • Christmas; mentioned search
  • cider; sent to Poplar Forest search
  • Dick (Yellow Dick) (TJ’s slave; b.1767); as wagoner search
  • fish; shad search
  • food; butter search
  • food; pork search
  • food; shad search
  • Hepburn, Alexander; as millwright search
  • household articles; soap search
  • Jeremiah (Jerry) (TJ’s slave; b.1777); as wagoner search
  • lard; sent to TJ search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); butter for search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); weather at search
  • pork; transported to and from Poplar Forest search
  • shad; sent from Poplar Forest search
  • soap search
  • wagons; transport goods between Monticello and Poplar Forest search
  • weather; cold search
  • weather; snow search
  • wine; sent to Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters from search