Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joel Yancey’s Letter of Credit for Nace, 12 March 1821

Joel Yancey’s Letter of Credit for Nace

The Bearer Nace, the property of Mr Thomas Jefferson, is on his way to Monticello, with Beeves and Muttons for his Master, he will want some provision on the road for his Cattle should he be furnishd by any person, and given (Nace) a bill of it, they will certainly be paid, (if not sooner) by Mr Jefferson when he makes his Visit to Poplar Forest in next Month

Joel Yancey
[On verso in Henry Flood’s hand:]

Nace Recd from me fodr & Corn to amt three Shilling

Henry Flood
Buckingham 14th march 1821
[On verso in John Morris’s hand:]

Natt fed his horse beeves and muttons here to the amount of one dollar & Twenty five cents1

John Morris
Buckingham 15th march 1821

MS (MHi); in Yancey’s hand, with notes on verso by Flood and Morris.

Nace (b. 1773), laborer and gardener, was one of TJ’s slaves. He was born “Natia” at Elk Hill plantation in Goochland County where Nace’s parents, Frank and Nan, were slaves of TJ’s father-in-law, John Wayles. Both had died by 1775, and Nace was raised by TJ’s slaves Jame Hubbard and his wife Cate, first at Monticello, and by 1795 at Poplar Forest. Nace was at Poplar Forest until TJ’s death (Betts, Farm Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Farm Book, 1953 (in two separately paginated sections; unless otherwise specified, references are to the second section) description ends , pt. 1, 8, 17, 24, 30; 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 , 2:1344, 1375; TJ’s Instructions for Poplar Forest Management, Dec. 1811; TJ to Yancey, 6 Mar. 1817; John Hemmings to TJ, 29 Nov. 1821; Albemarle Co. Will Book, 9:1).

1Preceding ten words added in an unidentified hand. Adjacent and perpendicular to paragraph, TJ wrote “Morris John. pd Apr. 22. 21.”

Index Entries

  • cattle; fodder for search
  • cattle; transportation of search
  • corn; as fodder search
  • Flood, Henry; Buckingham Co. tavern keeper search
  • fodder; mentioned search
  • horses; fodder for search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); slaves at search
  • Morris, John; supplies fodder search
  • Nace (TJ’s slave; b.1773); identified search
  • Nace (TJ’s slave; b.1773); letter of credit for search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); cattle at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); sheep at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); slaves at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • sheep; fodder for search
  • sheep; transportation of search
  • slaves; letter of credit for search
  • slaves; travels of search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letter of credit from, for Nace search