Noted Writer John Corlett is Dead, Daily Racing Form, 1915-07-11


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NOTED WRITER JOHN CORLETT IS DEAD. A man of far -teaching and long maiiit. lined in tiuciKL- in connection with BritisU racing passed BWajr, when Juliii CorhStt died June 23. 01 his career and activities London Sporting Life Ol June 24 -aid: "Mr. John Cortett the founder of the "Sporting Time-. and for main yean it a de pro prietor and editor, di d on Wednesday from bear! failure, at bia reatdeBce at Waluier. Mr. Gor- lelt. who had been in ill health for BOOM lime. reached tbe ace ol seventy tour on April B la-:. ••Horn at Wintborpe, Stall-. h waa the sou ol ■ sergeant-major of the Sixth Dragoon Guards. A commercial path in the City of London with M - ; Travers ami Son in Cheapside aras early choaeu tor him. ami by t In- true ke had reached hi- ma unity be was already at the bead ol a depart-ii i« ■ ii i . the coalmen rial arorld in the City of Loudon u.i-. perhaps, more closely connected with racing in clays than is now the case, and Mr. Ooe-lett. a-hile -till engaged in coniaterce, contract .1 a close friendship with the late i»r. Short housi whose name is still renieuibered in connection with the Btacktock bhtod. Mr. Corieti Joined the doctor In certain journalistic interests, and together . thej founded the "Sporting Time-. at lu-i a paper ol only lour small page*, and without the smart s|in!.- and wit and the blushing pink lone which j later made the publication, both at borne and abroad, so extraordinarily popular. "It was on the death ol Dr. Short house that Mr. Cortett became solely The Master of the liuk In. And his was indeed a most fortunate purchase. It became his property for an old song, as Hie Baying goes, for are bare heard it stated i that to oiiiam sole possession he planked down i .oil ready money, with a bill for a like amount. . Reconstruction quietly followed, an I Mr. Cortett retained his lose connection with tbe paper until . a little over two year- ago, w Ugh. getting tin i ol 1 the editorial hair and fall _9_trol. be was per suad.-d p. disj o • ol hi- interest to the present 1 proprietor, Mr. he Weed Fenton. ■"His iiersonatitj on the tart was remarkable. He aras acquainted with all grades of racing associate*. Polities also Interested him considerably, and more than once il was suggested that he should beeeaae a candidate for Parliament. It is ., hardly necessary to -ay what polities he favored, since tbe weekly leaders he wrote for the Sporting Times for so long frequent!] had a- it- preface, . High I ■ High Cburcbism, and Old Port I lor Ever. lie was a justice of the peace for the • county of Kent. ■ lie left the old Bottombarley borne by which 1 name Charlton Court wa- familiarly known, for r Wiiliner. owing to the lease from the Kilmer family 1 falling through, and that, together with the preview death of his wife, seemed l be the Brsl signs s of the break-up of a hitherto sound constitution. "His wife, a daughter ol Charles Stebbings, of ,. Newmarket, bj whom he had two sons and two . daughters, died la 1808. the old military family tradition was carried on by the hen-, who for a long while w.i- in India, with the Bengal Cavalry, while e the younger waa in the Bafts, and met with his - death on active service dying the South African a war. •■When Mr. Corieti settled down at Charlton n Court he always bad a few br dinarea in the paddocks, hut his ambition to breed a good race horse e wa- never attained. His racing color., were not always oi the pink and black braid which stood 1 against hi.- name in the Racing Calendar at the time of his death, for some years previous!*, then !, was no braid on the pink, while previous to lss_ , the livery waa white, except some slight gold ornamentations. In hi.- time he had several trainers, ; including Edward Martin, father of the present Tilshcad resident. Then there was Charles Wood, while Mi. Corlet could boas! of having ■ horse with his .,i,i friend, John Porter, at the period 1 Klngselere sheltered tbe horses belonging to i King Ddward, then, of course, Prince ol Wale*. "The lii --t animal Mi. Corieti owned was a Chor-nianhv mare called Atlanta, which was bred bj tbe • late Henry Waring in 1st I. and two years utter, ■ at the second time ol asking, she ran a dead heal 1 with the lit Tom Jennings1 sir Garnet, In the Public • Sab.- Stakes at Windsor; tbe stake- being divided. Kewbouse Con rod foi Mr. Corlett. The iil! never r ran after lor juvenile career, and waa the Brsl broodmare In ih Charlton Court paddocks. Atlanta, however, dud in lyvo after having onlj two foals. "Probably the best hois,, ever owned by Mr. Corieti - was Let Go the Painter. ■ weU-named horse by Velasquez out Of Torpedo Catcher. This animal 1 one,- endeavored to win the Royal Hunt Cup, but 1 though not equal to that task, be w is mori ban « 1 useful performer."

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