MEN OF MARK.
bidder at La Grange court-house. Mr. Brent, who was
to manage the sale, was a debtor to one of the heirs, and
he had never seen Bartlett. He wrote, however, for him
to be sure to meet him at the appointed time. When Bart¬
lett got there he was without a cent of money Neverthe-
less, he went to La Grange to meet the sale, trusting in the
Lord. He was sold upon the block for two thousand dol¬
lars, himself being the highest bidder. He informed Air
Brent of being defrauded of all his money, which he had
saved for the purpose, and he then became responsible for
the money, and gave him his free papers, believing that he
would receive the money, which he did in 1840. He then
married Airs. Jane McCune of Abington, Virginia.
Being destitute of learning, he began to go to night
school to -Robert Lane and took writing of different
teachers, his last one being the late Rev Henry Adams of
the Fifth Street Baptist church, who kept one of the free
schools permitted in the South in the times of slavery
There were not many such schools, perhaps four or five in
the whole South. In this way he learned to read, write
and cipher, never going to day school in his life. Immed¬
iately after he was freed he began butchering, wholesaleing
and retailing beef, mutton and pork, also packing and
shipping large quantities, trading and shipping liye stock
South. He accumulated money rapidly, and in two years
was in possession of six houses and lots on East Market
street, but going security for a man named J A. Gray, he
had to pay that man's debt in 1858, which took all the
property he had besides a large amount of money.
He lost his first wife in 1846, leaving three daughters.