Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joel Yancey, 1 July 1819

Poplar Forest 1st July 19.

Dear Sir

Your letter of June 21. I recd last Evening. I sorry indeed that you have losses, there as well as here, we have had no deaths since Fall but a good many sick and complaining, they charge Hercules with Poisoning and the cause of all deaths here for the last 12 months, he certainly has been intirmate with a Negroe Doct and have got physic from him the People have kept it concealed from me till the other day as soon as I was inform of it. I had them both taken before Mr Clay. the Evidence in his opinion was not strong enough to send them to jail but I am satified he has done a great deal of mischief, and ought to be hung. more of this when you come up, which I hope will be as soon as possible, for I am in daily expectation of mischief among them. we shall begin to cut the wheat which the hail has left us in the morning, and will do the best I can without assistance, tho’ we shall not have as many cutters by 5 including the 2 you sent us, as last Harvest Capt Martin has compleated the first bill of timber, but will not be able for want of water to do any thing with the other this season, the little remaining Tobo I have not sold, I have heard nothing from White, but expect he wants his money, and will be glad of the prospect of so soon, recovering these hard times—

Accept my best wishes for your welfare

Joel Yancey

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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