Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Edmund Bacon, 12 December 1820

To Edmund Bacon

Poplar Forest Dec. 12. 20.

Dear Sir

Mr Yancey & myself conclude it will be best to send the pork of this place to Monticello before Christmas.1 hoping you will recieve this letter on Sunday the 17th I wish you to send off the waggon the next mornin[g]2 Monday 18[th.] being empty, & with a good team it may be here in 3. days [that]3 is by Wednesday night, by which time the pork will be ready, and the waggon may start Thursday morning with that of this place & be at Monticello Christmas eve. send a spare mul[e] also if you please for Johnny Hemings who cannot perform the journey on foot. if the weather permits I shall be at home on Sunday myself to dinner, as I propose starting on Friday the 15th. if you recieve this before I get home be so good as to send up immediately to Edy to have us some sort of a dinner ready: for I expect there is none of the white family at home. I salute you with my best wishes

Th: Jefferson

PoC (CSmH: JF); on verso of RC of Archibald Robertson to TJ, 6 Sept. 1819; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Mr Bacon”; endorsed by TJ.

1Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

2Word faint.

3Word faint.

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; letters to search
  • Bacon, Edmund; Monticello overseer search
  • food; pork search
  • Fossett, Edith (Edy) Hern (TJ’s slave; b.1787); as cook search
  • Hemmings, John (TJ’s slave; b. ca.1776); travels to and from Poplar Forest search
  • mules; at Monticello search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); pork from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • pork; transported to and from Poplar Forest search
  • wagons; transport people and goods between Monticello and Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search