If this letter is genuine, it contains the first description of "the" rescue, though there is no indication it was publicly known in 1616.
Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1986.) In this brief laudatory poem, Pocahontas is mentioned with other women who did service for Smith. Rasmussen and Tilton point out the burning in the background as rationale for the abduction pictured in the foreground and middle image.
The worst of thatt plantation is past, for our men are well victualled by there owne industrie, but yet no profit is retourned." Smith, John.
Letter of June 20, 1616: "Sir Thomas Dale retourned frome Virginia; he hathe brought divers men and women of thatt countrye to be educated here, and one Rollfe, who maried a daughter of Pohetan, (the barbarous prince,) called Pocahuntas, hathe brought his wife withe him into England.
Though conversion of a "poore, wretched and mysbeleiving people" was the climactic thrust of his justification of the colony, there is no mention of Pocahontas. In his 1869 , Edward Neill quotes a letter of August 23, 1618, suggesting that Argall has some ulterior motive in advising them that the Indians "have given the country to Mr. [Electronic Version] "Att a Great and Generall Quarter Courte Held for Virginia the 13th of June 1621." .
Rolfe's rosy picture of Virginia in 1616 was obviously meant to re-energize the flagging fortunes of the Virginia Company in London on the trip that brought Pocahontas to London as well.