"Isaac Tarratt of Epsom,in the county of Surrey, linen draper, maketh oath, and saith that in the month of May last past, he, this Deponent, was requested to observe and give his judgement concerning a certain Horse-Race run on Epsom Downs, in the said month of May, between a horse, the property of Mr. Aaron Lamego, known by the name of Little Driver, and another horse, the property of Mr. Benjamin Rogers, known by the name of Aaron. And this Deponent further maketh oath, and saith, that, according to his, this Deponent's strict observance and belief, Mr. Rogers's said horse, Aaron, clearly won the third heat against Mr. Lamego's said horse, Little Driver. And this Deponent further maketh oath, and saith, that he, this Deponent, had no bets depending, and was no ways interested in, nor could he receive any benefit or advantage whatsoever from the decision or event of the said Horse-Race.
Sworn at Epsom in Surrey, the 6th of Sept. 1754, before me, Edw. Northey.
I do hereby declare my full consent to the above determination, Sept. 14, 1754, Aaron Lamego."
'In Memory of MARY TARRATT Wife of ISAAC TARRATT who dyed 28th of Sept. 1767 aged 6(6) Years.'
"In the Charterhouse, to which asylum for decayed tradesmen he was presented by the present Lord Chancellor [Edward Thurlow, 1st Baron Thurlow] in 1780, aged 88, Isaac Tarrat. He was originally a linen draper at the corner of Charterhouse Lane, St. John's Street, where he was very successful in business, and realised a very considerable sum of money; but, like many more, not thinking it came fast enough, he removed to a large shop in Cheapside, where he soon lost all he had gained in his former situation. He then removed to Epsom, where he had no better success so that at the age of 70, or upwards, he found himself without a shilling, and his bread to seek. He had always a turn for literature; was a contributor to The Ladies Diary in 1728 or 9, and continued to be a pretty constant one from that time till near that of his death. His name occurs repeatedly in our Magazine, and also in most other periodical publications of repute which have been set on foot within the last 60 years. To this turn his failure in business had often been imputed by his friends; and this circumstance, joined, perhaps, to a consciousness within himself that it was in some measure true, operated so on his mind, when he was obliged to quit Epsom, that, instead of applying to his friends for assistance, he withdrew himself entirely from them, and it was not known, fur some years what was become of him. During this interval he earned a scanty subsistence by officiating as clerk in various lottery-offices; but this employment was very precarious, as his employers were sometimes obliged to decamp, and others died: so that at last, to avoid starving, he was obliged to hire himself to a woman who lived in one of the streets near the Middlesex Hospital, and kept a doctor to tell fortunes, at a shilling a day, lodging and board. Here his business was to sit above stairs, in a fur-cap, a large white heard, and a worsted damask nightgown, to invent schemes, and give answers to all who enquired of him; while the woman sat below, and took the money of the customers as they came in He allowed that his principal always used him well, maintained him comfortably, and always treated him with a small bowl of punch alter supper; and he owned he could have been well content to end his days in her service, if he could have reconciled his conscience to his calling; but as he could not, he left her as soon as he had scraped together a small sum to support himself while he looked out for other employment: and it was well he did so, for the terriers of justice laid hands on his successor to the cap and beard in less than a month after he quitted them. He often declared that he was amazed at the number of his customers, and still more at the rank which some of them, by their appearance, held in society. Soon after he quitted this woman, the writer of this article, who had known him in his better days, met him by chance, and, by furnishing him with some employment, learned, by degrees, the situation he was in. He put him upon applying for the charity, which he afterwards obtained principally through the interest of the late P Prevost, Efq."*