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Letter XXX: Tuesday, January 29, 1850

I have already dealt only with the vagrants who apply at the different unions on their road for a night's bed and board. The object of my present letter is to treat of the habits and character of that larger, and, if possible, more profligate class, who are sufficiently successful at thieving or begging to have generally money enough to pay for their lodgings at the different trampers' houses in London or the country; and I believe I shall be able to lay bare such a system of iniquity and vice in connection with these low lodging-houses, as even the most experienced in London wickedness are wholly unacquainted with.