"Robinson Crusoe" was widely pirated, and its authorship gave rise to absurd rumours.
* * * * * Grace was telling, in her own sweet way, that charming story of the Three Trouts, which, by the by, has been lately pirated (as many things are) by a religious author, whose book differs sufficiently from the liberal and wholesome morality of the true author of the tale.
The English sloop Zebra was sent down into the Gulf of Paria to clear it of French privateers, manned by the defeated maroons and brigands of the French islands, who were paying respect to no flag, but pirating indiscriminately.
Neither of them was originally published at the Sign of Fame, and they could hardly have been pirated, since Cogan, who issued the volume wherein the advertisement appeared, was also the original publisher of The Busy-Body.
She had read, perhaps, something of the Spaniards in Central America, and regarded such adventurers as she would pirates and freebooters generally.
"We must begin to pirate right away and do all sorts of things."
As pirates and interlopers alike sailed under English colours, the whole odium fell on the English.