Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joel Yancey, 22 May 1820

To Joel Yancey

Monticello May 22. 20

Dear Sir

Since my letter by mr Burwell I have reciev[ed] from mr Gibson an account of the sale of my tobo. he says [3?] hhds were refused, the other very much stained and the quality of the tobo inferior. it averaged 5.82 and deducting carriage it will be 5½ D. on this trial of the Richmond market, we must give it up as to what remains with you, and I will pray you to sell it for what you can, and remit me the money by mail, for I assure you I am sorely pressed even for small sums. I am affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of David Gelston to TJ, 16 Dec. 1819; one word faint and one number illegible; at foot of text: “Mr Yancey”; endorsed by TJ.

For the missing account of the sale from Patrick Gibson, see note to TJ to Gibson, 22 May 1820.

Index Entries

  • Burwell, William Armistead; conveys letter for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Richmond, Va.; tobacco prices at search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • tobacco; price of in Richmond search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters to search