10th May 1780
Reference Numbert17800510-14
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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232. 233. WILLIAM TRUBSHAW and WILLIAM MILLION were indicted for stealing two large pictures in frames, value 40 s. the property of James Thompson , in his dwelling-house , January 29th .


I have a house in Great Ormond-street , which was empty. I had two large oil painted pictures in the house, the subject of one is Jupiter and Io, the other Sampson killing the Philistines with the jaw-bone of an ass; the watchman came and told me on the 30th of January last, that he had found the door open about two in the morning. I took no steps for the recovery of my pictures till about a fortnight ago, when I read in the papers that some people had been taken up for stealing pictures out of an uninhabited house in James-street, Bedford-row. I went to Sir John Fielding 's, and found my pictures at an house opposite the office.

How long is it since this house has been inhabited? - It has not been inhabited since before last Midsummer.


I went by an information to a house in Grubb-street, there I found some pictures. I took them to Sir John Fielding 's.


I am a constable in Cripplegate parish. Mrs. Shaw came to me and said she had received two large pictures of the prisoners at the bar.

What is Mrs. Shaw? - She deals in second-hand clothes. She said she had heard these two pictures were stolen out of a house which had been broke open; she brought the pictures to my house and said, the frames were in Grubb-street. She said she had lent four shillings and sixpence upon them, and was afraid of getting into trouble. I said, I would make enquiries about it.

To the prosecutor. What is the value of these pictures? - I have valued them at four shillings.


I deal in old clothes.

Do you know the prisoners? - Yes; they brought these pictures in frames to me

on a Saturday at about nine o'clock; it was about three weeks after Christmas; they asked me if they would suit me? I told them they would not. They asked me to lend them half a crown upon them till Monday? I did lend them half a crown. On Sunday Million came alone and asked me to let him have two shillings more, which I did; after that they took them to Mr. Orme's house, in Coopers-alley. He, after they had been there five weeks, would not let them stay there. The frames were taken to Mr. Rosaman's, in Grubb-street. I acquainted Mr. Phillips, one of Sir John Fielding 's men, and he desired to let them stay till he saw them advertised, which they never were. They were fetched away and then I carried the pictures to Mr. Clarke's.

Are you sure the prisoners are the men? - Yes.

Have you ever had any other dealings with them? - No. I knew them; they were some days in Wood-street-Counter when I was there; there I knew them. I was discharged three weeks before Christmas; they were there, I believe, as pressed men.


I was going along Ormond-street with Million some time ago, since Christmas, it was in an afternoon. At the corner of Great Ormond-yard he said, that out of that house he and Trubshaw had got a couple of large pictures, and said they were in the possession of this Mrs. Shaw; he asked me if I knew where to dispose of them for him? I told him I would see what I could do for him, because I lived with a picture frame maker in the Strand; when I was taken up I shewed Jealous the house they were taken out of.


Million and I were in an alehouse together; this woman came and asked one of us to carry a load for her; we both agreed to go with her. We went to Whitecross-street, there I saw these pictures. Million asked her to lend him half a crown, which she did.

Court. Did they bring the pictures to you before they had been in your possession? - Yes, they brought them to me.


This woman asked me to carry them.

To the prosecutor. Is your house the corner of Great Ormond-yard? - It is.

Prisoner. Before the justice Mrs. Shaw said she received these pictures about a month ago.

Mrs. Shaw. I did not say so.

To Clarke. When did she say she had them before the justice? - She said there she had acquainted me and Phillips with it above a month ago.

Shaw. Mr. Phillips knew it between two and three months ago.


Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILLES.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

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