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  HO 44/18 f.37-48, extract from a letter. The stocking-making industry was flourishing in Leicestershire. This had been partly mechanised, but was still based in villages. Like many industries, it employed children and young people. In this source Meyrick blames the rise in crime on the end of the old seven year apprenticeship system, in which young people were under the tight control of their "master". In the new industrial system, young people were soon earning their own money and so were independent of their parents. He goes on to say that this lack of restraint also leads girls to become pregnant outside marriage.
  Think about how each of the causes of crime Meyrick gives here could actually lead to crime. Does he think more people are committing crime, or are the same number of people committing more crimes?
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  HO 44/18 f.37-48, extract from a letter