Thomas Jefferson Papers

Charles Yancey (1766–ca. 1825) to Thomas Jefferson, 5 October 1821

From Charles Yancey (1766–ca. 1825)

Yanceys Mills Alb. Va 5th octo 1821

Dear Sir

my Brother Joel Yancey of Kentucky, often writes me, & often Mentions you, in a late letter he says “pray dont forget to present me in Respectfull terms to our good Republican Father, friend, & benefacter Mr Jefferson,” I avail myself of this opportunity to assure You My dear sir that I have Never lost sight of the obligation the people are under to you, for the Many years hard Labor You have spent in Maintaining, & supporting, our Republican institutions. accept Sir, of my best wishes for Your health & happiness. with assurances of regard & esteem I am Dear Sir Your friend & Mo ob. St

Charles Yancey

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 16 Oct. 1821 and so recorded in SJL; with Dft of TJ to Yancey, 16 Oct. 1821, beneath endorsement.

Joel Yancey (1773–1838), public official, was a native of Albemarle County. As deputy sheriff, he collected TJ’s taxes early in the 1800s and also occasionally loaned him money. In 1804 Yancey unsuccessfully sought an appointment in the Louisiana Territory. He represented Albemarle County in the House of Delegates for the 1805–06 term. Yancey had moved by 1809 to Barren County, Kentucky, when he began a two-year term in that state’s House of Representatives. Later he served in the Senate of Kentucky, 1816–20 and 1824–27. Yancey was appointed federal collector at Key West late in 1822, but soon after arriving in Florida the following year he returned to Kentucky to see to his own affairs, and he resigned early in 1824. That year he again failed in a bid for a government appointment, either as a surveyor in Florida or Arkansas or as a marshal in Kentucky. Yancey was elected twice to the United States House of Representatives as a Jacksonian, serving from 1827 until 1831 but then losing a run for a third term. Four years later he was back in Florida as assistant agent at a Seminole agency near Fort King. Within a few months Yancey petitioned to be made the main agent following the death of his superior, but he was apparently unsuccessful, and in 1836 his position was eliminated. Later that year he was in Calhoun, Tennessee, as clerk in a Cherokee agency. In 1820 Yancey owned nineteen slaves, and ten years later he had eight. By 1835 he was complaining that his years of public service had ruined him financially (PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, James P. McClure, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 44 vols. description ends , 42:413; Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–Present, online resource, Office of the Clerk, United States House of Representatives description ends ; Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901, repr. 1991 description ends , 358, 388; 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 ; Leonard, General Assembly description begins Cynthia Miller Leonard, comp., The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619–January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members, 1978 description ends , 239; DNA: RG 29, CS, Ky., Barren Co., 1810–30; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 3:312, 313 [10, 12 Dec. 1822]; Terr. Papers description begins Clarence E. Carter and John Porter Bloom, eds., The Territorial Papers of the United States, 1934–75, 28 vols. description ends , 22:615, 686–7, 715–6, 723–4, 728, 23:10; DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1817–25; Herbert Weaver and others, eds., Correspondence of James K. Polk [1969–2019], 2:227–8, 3:255–7, 418, 4:240; ASP, Military Affairs, 6:527, 540, 566–7, 571).

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