Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joel Yancey, 12 May 1820

To Joel Yancey

Monticello May 12. 20.

Dear Sir

I now inclose you an order on mr Gibson in favor of mr Hepburn for 50.D. it is the first moment it has been in my power. not knowing his Christian name I have left a blank for it to be inserted. I am still uncertain as to the time of my setting out for Poplar forest, tho extremely anxious to do so. under this uncertainty I leave it to mr Hepburn to come on immediately or await my visit to Bedford at his convenience. it would certainly be better that I should be here at his beginning here and indeed while he is at work; but still he must consult his own convenience. I salute you with friendship & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Yancey”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found.

On this date TJ recorded sending Yancey a $50 draft in favor of Alexander Hepburn as payment for repairing a threshing machine at Poplar Forest (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 , 2:1364).

Index Entries

  • agriculture; threshing machines search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • Hepburn, Alexander; as millwright search
  • Hepburn, Alexander; repairs machines search
  • Hepburn, Alexander; TJ pays search
  • machines; threshing search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • threshing machines search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters to search