Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joel Yancey, 11 February 1820

To Joel Yancey

monticello Feb. 11. 20.

Dear Sir

I inclose you a bill of sawing which I must get you to have done by Capt Martin; and the earlier it is pressed the better, because water may fail, and it ought to be seasoned for the Fall’s use.   I have 3. days ago been enabled by a swell in the river and breaking up of the ice to send down some flour. it is the 1st moment it could be sent since July. allowing a little time for the sale I shall soon send you orders for the debts to mr Hepburn, mr Clay & mr White. I hope you will have been able also to send your flour, & that your tobo will soon follow it.   the same boy Billy who once before run off to Poplar Forest, has again disappeared.1 be so good as to be on the watch and if found, there, send him down as before. I salute you with affection & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Joseph C. Cabell to TJ; with enclosure subjoined; adjacent to signature: “Mr Yancey”; endorsed by TJ.

TJ settled his 16 Jan. 1819 note to Charles clay on 17 Sept. 1820 by paying Clay’s widow, Editha Landon Davies Clay, a total of $64.33, for principal and twenty months’ interest (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1367).

1Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • Clay, Charles; TJ’s debt to search
  • Clay, Editha Landon Davies (Charles Clay’s wife); TJ pays search
  • flour; from Poplar Forest search
  • Hepburn, Alexander; TJ’s debt to search
  • Hern, William (TJ’s slave; b.1801); escape of search
  • lumber; cutting of search
  • Martin, James; TJ’s Sawing Instructions for search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); flour from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); flour from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); lumber for search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • Rivanna River; ice on search
  • Rivanna River; water level of search
  • slaves; fugitive search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • White, Jacob W.; TJ’s debt to search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters to search