She had herself refused an invitation to join this scheme. Her testimony reveals knowledge of trading, shipwrecks, the potential profits but also the risks of investing in the return of the pirates, with inside information...
From about 1693
British seamen based on the island of Madagascar mounted an escalating series of pirate attacks on passing shipping; plans were formed for procuring them pardon (at a price).
28 September 1707
The Privy Council
turned down a scheme by entrepreneurs including John Breholt
for ending piracy by disaffected and allegedly very wealthy British seamen off the island of Madagascar.