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In reply to your letter of the 3rd of this month, I regret that I am unable to comply with the resolution of the House of Commons of the 2nd instant, for an account "of the number of boys, apprenticed to chimney-sweepers, &c." no register having been kept at either of the police offices in this city of the persons so bound.
I beg leave, however, to state, that the number of the individuals so circumstanced is extremely small, and that the Magistrates are always very particular in their inquiries respecting the character and general respectability of the masters with whom they are to be placed.
I have the honour to be, Sir
Your most obedient and most humble servant,
John Garratt, Mayo
The Right Honourable
Robert Peel, &c.&c.&c.