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Letter XLV: Friday, March 29, 1850

ThroughthecourtesyoftheCommissionersofPolice,Ihaveobtaineda returnofthenumberofthejuvenileandadultoffendersapprehendedinthe B,orWestminsterdivisionforaseriesofyears.Thecommissionershave, moreover,inthemostkindandconsideratemanner,giveninstructionsto thesuperintendentsoftheotherdivisionsthroughoutthemetropolisto preparesimilarreturnsforme,sothatImaybeabletotesttheinfluenceof theLondonRaggedSchoolsuponthedifferentdistricts.Ofthismost valuableinformationIpurposeavailingmyselfwhenIcometotreatofthe habits,haunts,andcharacteroftheLondonCriminalsingeneral-adultas wellasjuvenile,whichIpurposedoingattheearliestopportunity-and when,throughthekindnessofInspectorWalker,ofthestatistical departmentofthepolice,towhoseintelligenceandexperienceIalready standindebtedformanysimilarfavours,Ishallbeenabledtoavailmyselfof manymostvaluableandnovelfactsinconnectionwiththeCrimeofthe Metropolis.