The Audacious

62 addressed to the King’s commissioner, De Montmort, she stated that she was innocent, and that her imprisonment was because of an arrest warrant signed by de Pontchartain, the French chancellor. She requested that the King heard her story and pleas and if she was to be found guilty, she would not ask for mercy or compassionate treatment, rather be punished. In early September, 1709, Michel’s ship arrived in Toulon. From there, he headed for Marseille, where he was from. He received startling news that forced him to leave to Paris; he learnt that Marie Petit had submitted a report to the French Foreign Ministry against him stating that he deceived her by giving her a worthless fraudulent document that had cost her the loss of all her money.