Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joel Yancey to Thomas Jefferson, 12 April [1820]

From Joel Yancey

Poplar Forest 12th April

Dr Sir

Your Tobo is in Lynchburg and will be sent to Richmond to day or to morrow, It will be directed to care of Mr Gibson as usual, the Stemd Hhd, and one of leaf not quite full,1 both inferior, had better be sold in Lynchburg, on that youll determine when you come up, Mr Gibson will receive 7 hhds, which I think will2 contain about 10,000lb good Tobo, such as would command yesterday in Lynchburg 8½ Dollars, indeed Mr Coffee brought me a Sample, of which, he saw sold at Auction for Cash @ 8½ dollars, which is certainly inferior to 6 Hhds of yours.   I hope to see here in few days   I am with great respect

Yr mo obt

Joel Yancey

RC (MHi); partially dated; at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 12 Apr. 1820 received ten days later and so recorded in SJL.

1Manuscript: “fall.”

2Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • Coffee, William John; visits Poplar Forest search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; tobacco prices 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.; TJ’s tobacco sold at search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters from search