MOBNING VISIT TO ST. GILES'S. 249
I will say, to the credit of the then residents^ some of whom I intraded upon at their dinner hour, that I received in no one instance the slightest inciyility, nor even coldness.
The most important information I obtained was, that a certain pot-boy (name and name of his public-honse both unknown) would probably be able to give me some clue.
I next took my station at the northern end of Monmouth Street, and during three hours accosted every potr-boy who passed. At last I got hold of the right one, and so ultimately obtained the information I wanted.
The fellow was then arrested, and brought before Sir B. Bimie. The magistrate was much surprised that so clever a feUow should not have been known to any of his ofiScers. After a long examination, I stated to the magistrate, that though I was very reluctant to appear before the public in such a case, yet that if he thought it a public duty, I should not shrink from it. Sir Bichard remarked, that the incon- venience of my attending two or three days to prosecute would be very great — ^that the fellow was so accomplished an artist, that it was very doubtful if he could be convicted. He then added, that the best thing to be done for the man himself would be^ if I could produce any new evidence, that he should be remanded for a week, to hear it, and then be dis- charged with a caution from the bench.
As my servants could give additional evidence, the fellow was remanded for a week, then duly lectured and discharged.
In the course of my efforts to inform myself of the real wants of those around me, I profited much by the experience of one or two friends, both most excellent and kind-hearted men» whose official duties rendered them far more conversant than myself with the subject Mr. Walker and Mr. Broderip, both of them magistrates, were amongst my intimate friends.