Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joel Yancey, with Jefferson’s Note, 28 October 1820

To Joel Yancey, with Jefferson’s Note

Monticello Oct. 28. 20.

Dear Sir

In my letter of the 14th I mentioned the circumstance of the illness of my horses which was likely to delay my visit to Poplar Forest. three of them are nearly well and the others begin to mend. I hope we may by high feeding get them able to take the road in 12. or 14. days, and I shall do it the moment they seem able. my hope is to set out about the 8th of Nov. the advance of the cold weather will prevent my daughter from going.   John Hemings and his gang will go about the same time. as the season will be getting cold so fast as to require us to1 do every thing we can to hasten repairing the roof of the house, I must pray you to have 500 or 1000. chesnut shingles got and ready drawn for it. they must be of the [le]ngth of those we used before, & are not to be rounded. I presume you can get some workman there to do it immediately. [I]2 salute you with affectionate friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

[Note by TJ at foot of text:]

added P.S. for the harpsichord strings

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from John Adams to TJ; mutilated at seal; adjacent to signature: “Mr Yancey”; endorsed by TJ.

1Preceding three words interlined.

2Word faint.

Index Entries

  • building materials; chestnut search
  • building materials; shingles search
  • harpsichords; strings for search
  • Hemmings, John (TJ’s slave; b. ca.1776); travels to and from Poplar Forest search
  • horses; medical conditions of search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); horses at search
  • music; harpsichord search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); carpentry at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); harpsichord for search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); roof at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); plans visit to Poplar Forest search
  • wood; shingles search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters to search