Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joel Yancey, 18 August 1821

To Joel Yancey

Monticello. Aug. 18. 21.

Dear Sir

On the very day the waggon left us, my daughter, wh[o] was to accompany me to Bedford was taken sick. she is better and thinks that by tomorrow or next day she will be strong enou[gh] for the road. I do not think so; but still count from day to day on departing either with her or without her as her convalescence may admit. ever & affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of David Gelston to TJ, 15 Sept. 1820; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Mr Yancey”; endorsed by TJ.

TJ did not leave for Poplar Forest until 21 Aug. 1821 and arrived two days later, traveling with both his daughter Martha Jefferson Randolph and his granddaughter Cornelia J. Randolph. According to the latter, the group encountered a rainstorm in crossing the James River between Albemarle and Buckingham counties, decided against staying at the Nicholas family estate, Warren, after arriving there just before dinnertime, and split up for their first night’s lodging, with Martha and Cornelia staying at Mrs. Gibson’s ordinary and TJ staying at the home of Gibson’s father, David Patteson. Cornelia also reported that Martha’s fever improved by the second day of their journey. The family was apparently joined by TJ’s grandson Thomas Jefferson Randolph and by Elizabeth Trist, the latter of whom Cornelia and Martha escorted to Liberty shortly thereafter to visit the Gilmer family (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 , 2:1378; Cornelia J. Randolph to Virginia J. Randolph [Trist], 28 Aug. 1821 [RC in NcU: NPT]).

Index Entries

  • Gibson’s Ordinary (Buckingham Co.) search
  • Gilmer, Mary House (Peachy R. Gilmer’s wife); hosts E. Trist search
  • Patteson, David; TJ stays in home of search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); M. J. Randolph visits search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); T. J. Randolph visits search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ’s grandchildren visit search
  • Randolph, Cornelia Jefferson (TJ’s granddaughter); visits Poplar Forest search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); health of search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); visits Poplar Forest search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); visits Poplar Forest search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; visits Liberty, Va. search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; visits Poplar Forest search
  • wagons; transport people and goods between Monticello and Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); and TJ’s visit to Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); letters to search