Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joel Yancey, 11 May 1821

To Joel Yancey

Monticello May 11. 21.

Dear Sir

Jefferson will not be able to go to Bedford for some time. he set off this day to Richmond to see his own tobo look[ed] at and sold. he advises that that of Pop. For. be sent off immediately to Richmond. I had on the road a conversation with a gentleman of knolege on the subject, and he assures me that the Lynchbg purchaser, besides deducting the carriag[e,] witholds a dollar in the hundred for his own profit; indeed we know that every hand thro’ which a commodity passes must retain his profit: I would therefore recommend the sending off our tobo immediately, addressed to Capt Peyton.

You mentioned that the bank of Lynchburg would accomodate me with some money should I need it. I think it possible I may have occasion for 7. or 800.D. some time hence. but in the mean time I will request you to inform what is their rule as to endorsement. if a town endorser be required, it would be a disagreeable circumstance to me. I salute you with affection & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Donald Fraser to TJ; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Mr Yancey”; endorsed by TJ.

jefferson: Thomas Jefferson Randolph.

Index Entries

  • Farmers’ Bank of Virginia (Lynchburg); and loans search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; banks in search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; tobacco prices at search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); as manager of Poplar Forest search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); crops of search
  • Richmond, Va.; tobacco shipped to search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • tobacco; sale of search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters to search