Parents and Birthplace.
such plans of management, as were calculated to develop
the self-respect and self-reliance of every slave. He
allowed and tolerated, therefore, no abuses, outrages, or
severe and unnatural scourgings upon his place; but culti¬
vated kind, and so far as practicable, indulgent treatment
of every one. So he gained the respect and confidence of
all, and might very well trust his people, as was his habit,
to govern and direct, largely, their own movements. To
this end, he divided his slaves, as already stated, and fur¬
nishing superintendents and managers of their own number,
easily accomplished his purposes.
In the midst of such conditions of slave life and the so¬
cial environments connected therewith, the boy John
began life, influenced by such knowledge of his father, who
always treated him tenderly and affectionately, and by such
loving care of his mother, as seem natural and inevitable.
In their advanced age, as late as 1834, Captain Quarles
and Lucy Langston, after brief illness, on the part of either,
died upon the plantation, where they had lived so long to¬
gether. The former, as he neared his end, requested and
ordered, that Lucy, when she died, should be buried by his
side, and, accordingly, upon a small reservation in the plan¬
tation, they sleep together their long quiet sleep. While
the humblest possible surroundings mark the spot of their
burial, no one has ever disturbed or desecrated it.
During his last sickness, Captain Quarles was attended
only by Lucy, her children, and his slaves. During the
two days his body lay upon its bier, in the Great House, it
was guarded, specially and tenderly, by the noble negro
slave, who, when his master was taken sick suddenly, and
felt that he needed medical assistance, without delay, but a
few nights before, hurried across the country to the home
of the physician, and secured his aid for his stricken owner.
The beautiful day on which he was borne from his house
to his last resting-place, by his slaves, and, in the midst of
their tears and sobs, committed to the earth till the great
Resurrection, was only surpassed in its brightness, its splen¬
dor and glory by the other day which quickly followed,