Hi Simon. Yeah, that's one of my three tailors; but he's 47 in 1888 with several mouths to feed, so why is he playing pitch and toss in McCarthy's Rents on a Friday morning before heading off to the boozer for a late liquid breakfast? Doesn't strike me as very likely to be our chap.
The other two can be found in 1881. One in Boar's Head Yard, Whitechapel; the other in Tenters Court, Spitalfields. Same story. Middle-aged family men.
Must have been a slow day in the East End. The volume on my stench-o-meter isn't cranked as high as yours, but even I can smell something fishy about that one. I humbly suggest that 'Maurice Lewis' has been misidentified.
This one was in the school register of daughter Miriam Lewis. The area is Christchurch....
Lewis Morris 46 (Tailor) and Betsy 35 (wife)
Children David 16, Esther 15, Barnett 11, Reuben 6, Milly 3, Miriam 5 months.
Mum, dad, David and Esther all born in Poland the other children born in England.
Living at 3 Tenter Court Christchurch nr Tenter street Spitalfields.
Morris Lewis acquitted of Larceny from a dwelling house and receiving
2nd Jan 1889 at Clerkenwell
That's closer to the mark. Dorset Street and its environs were, after all, described as "vicious and semi-criminal" by Charles Booth. Perhaps Maurice/Morris Lewis was a saint among sinners, but we've got to start somewhere!