the sad separation and departure FOR OHIO.
HOW many changes depend on death ! The moral and
legal changes which it works are often as marvellous and
surprising as the physical! Through its agency one goes to
his long home, and his endless sleep ! Another is called to
that condition of active life thereby, in society, sometimes
in wealth, often in responsibility, which tests all his powers,
and makes, or shipwrecks, his future.
The time had come when, through the death of Captain
Ralph Quarles, everybody upon his plantation, his children
and all his slaves, had not only to change their situation,
but most of them to experience a long and final separation.
Property of whatever character, as enjoined by the law, or
directed by the provisions of his last will and testament,
might be distributed and settled upon those in interest with¬
out difficulty, or moral shock. The land even, which com¬
posed the plantation, which had been for so many years the
home of all now grief-stricken and full of anxiety and solici¬
tude for their future, might pass without legal jar by devise
to those who were fortunate enough to have won the con¬
sideration of a generous testator. All his property, personal
or real, must now pass, in accordance with lawful or testa¬
mentary regulation, to those who, in such regard, might be
esteemed representatives of the dead.
It is easier much to mark divisions in ownership of prop¬
erty and alien title and possession thereto, than to sepa-