Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joel Yancey to Thomas Jefferson, 22 December 1820

From Joel Yancey

Poplar Forest Decr 22. 1820

Dr sir

Jery arriverd here last Evening about 4 oClock, with one of his Mules1 very lame and complains much about badness of Roads, I had every2 thing ready, and shoud have loaded wednesday night, had Jery came, but they now will be a day later than you expected, I hope to get them off this morning by sun rise, the pork turn,d out very well, and has been destributed as you derected, the 23 hogs picked out for Monticello, and which you will receive3 by the waggons, weighed 3020 nett and very nice, the face, back bone, and leaf fat, will average 30 to each hog, so that you will not receive more than about 2300, exclusely of the lard, 2 Kegs butter 85 and 102 Gross, 150 lard, 18 ps old bacon, 51 Soap and 2 beeves, the Dft Steer, could not be taken, the overseer (Miller) with 3 or 4 hands, was in pursuit of him yesterday and the day before constantly, but could do nothing with him, I will have him taken, and broke, if possible, and sent down in march, with the other beeves and Muttons, the waggons will have about 2000 each wich will be as much as the teams can Draw in bad roads, please send our people off immediately after the hollidays, as we shall be in great want of the waggon till its return, a list of each load at the bottom. I am with Highes respect

yr mo obt servt

Joel Yancey

1 Barrel pork 88 ps. 1257 { Decks load
1 cask of lard, (half full) 150
2 firkins butter gross 187
1 Box containing 18 ps old Bacon & 51 Soap { 150
1 barrel pork 73 ps 1050 { Jerys load
all The articles Johny Heming charge, supposed to be 700

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 25 Dec. 1820 and so recorded (with mistaken 25 Dec. composition date) in SJL. RC: left half of address cover only (MHi), with PoC of TJ to Bernard Peyton, 3 [Apr.] 1821, on verso; right half of address cover only (MHi), with PoC of TJ to Robert Mayo, 5 Apr. 1821, on verso; addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticello” by “Deck.”

jery: Jeremiah (Jerry) (b. 1777). deck: Dick (b. 1767).

1Manuscript: “Males.”

2Manuscript: “very.”

3Manuscript: “recive.”

Index Entries

  • bacon search
  • beef; sent to TJ search
  • butter; sent to TJ search
  • Dick (Yellow Dick) (TJ’s slave; b.1767); as wagoner search
  • food; bacon search
  • food; beef search
  • food; butter search
  • food; mutton search
  • food; pork search
  • Hemmings, John (TJ’s slave; b. ca.1776); travels to and from Poplar Forest search
  • household articles; soap search
  • Jeremiah (Jerry) (TJ’s slave; b.1777); as wagoner search
  • lard; sent to TJ search
  • livestock; oxen search
  • Miller, Robert (overseer); at Bear Creek plantation search
  • mules; as draft animals search
  • mutton search
  • oxen; sent from Poplar Forest search
  • pigs; at Poplar Forest search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); hogs at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); pork from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); slaves at search
  • pork; transported to and from Poplar Forest search
  • slaves; travels of search
  • soap search
  • wagons; transport people and goods between Monticello and Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters from search