Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joel Yancey to Thomas Jefferson, 28 March 1820

From Joel Yancey

Poplar Forest 28th March, 20

Dr Sir

Your letter of the 16th by mr. Coffee I have recd,1 mr Coffee arrived here on Friday last,2 and purposes going to Lynchburg this morning, return to night, and to morrow3 he will go to the N. Bridge, he has declind going to the South this Spring, owing he says to his being detaind much longer than he expected at Lynchburg

Your Tobo is nearly all prized & will be in Lynch in week, except the Stemd Hhd, which shall soon follow, the first cutting, is very respectable, but the last indifferent, I will send it to Richmond as soon as I can possibly get a boat, Tobo is rising and in demand at Lynchburg. but I suppose the Richmond market is best at present. we are preparing to commence the canal, but shall obey your instructions respecting it, Hepburn has been with us last week, giving directions concerning it, and Says, that 200 feet of it where it runs thro the woods, near the lower end, must be tube,d, as Soon as the Tobo is put in the boat, I will inform you immediately, wishing you all possible happiness

I am with highest regard yrs sincerely

Joel Yancey

we shall be happy to see you about the 15 April, and will provide what is necessary.

J. Y.

RC (MHi); postscript written perpendicularly in left margin; endorsed by TJ as received 4 Apr. 1820 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with Dft of TJ to John D’Wolf, 30 Oct. 1821, on verso; addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticello”; franked; postmarked Lynchburg, 31 Mar.

Tubed (tube,d): fitted with a tube or tubes (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

1Word interlined.

2TJ here interlined “24th.”

3TJ here interlined “29th.”

Index Entries

  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • canals; at Poplar Forest search
  • Coffee, William John; visits Poplar Forest search
  • Hepburn, Alexander; as millwright search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; boats traveling to and from search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; tobacco prices at search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; visitors to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); canal at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); visitors to search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • tobacco; in Lynchburg market search
  • tobacco; in Richmond market search
  • tobacco; transported to Richmond search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters from search