Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joel Yancey to Thomas Jefferson, 22 May 1821

From Joel Yancey

Lynchburg 22nd May ,21

Dear Sir

Your letter of 11th Inst I did not recd till Saturday last, I have been endeavo[r]ing to day to get a boat, to send your Tobo to Richmond, but have not been able to Succeed, tho. I think there is but little doubt, but that I shall get it off this week, I will get it sent down as soon as possible to Capt Peyton, and write you as soon as it is on board—

I have also made enqurry of the Directors of the Banks, respecting the money that you may probably want in short time The Farmers, Say that you can have that sum, but that they have not extended their loans lately longer than Six months they do not require a Town endorser but an agent in Town, to whom notices can be given, The Virginia bank have given 10 months, I am well asured there will be no sort of difficulty of your being accomodated by either of the Banks upon as liberal terms, as they are able. we are generally well, we finishd making our Tobo hills at Tomahawk, on the 15th plenty of plants, but they are rather late, there is 137000 hills, they will finishd at B. Creek to morrow, and will have fully as many hills, The fly will injure our wheat but hope no great deal, Billy is still out, and have joind a gang of Runaways, and they are doing great mischief to the neigboring stock, considerable exertions have been made to take them, but without Success, I shall be glad that Mr Randolp would come up as soon as he can make it convenient. with highest respect I am


Joel Yancey

RC (MHi); edge trimmed; endorsed by TJ as received 4 June 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Patrick Gibson, 26 July 1821, on verso; addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticello”; franked; postmarked Lynchburg, 25 May.

b. creek: Bear Creek.

Index Entries

  • Bank of Virginia (Lynchburg); loan terms of search
  • Bear Creek plantation (part of TJ’s Poplar Forest estate); tobacco at search
  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • Farmers’ Bank of Virginia (Lynchburg); and loans search
  • Hern, William (TJ’s slave; b.1801); escape of search
  • Hessian fly search
  • insects; effect of on agriculture search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; banks in search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); management of search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); slaves at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); wheat grown at search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); as manager of Poplar Forest search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • Richmond, Va.; tobacco shipped to search
  • slaves; fugitive search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • tobacco; planting techniques search
  • Tomahawk plantation (part of TJ’s Poplar Forest estate); tobacco grown at search
  • wheat; effect of insects on search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters from search