In his 1624 history Smith claims (there seems to be no other corroboration) to have sent this "little booke" to the Queen on Pocahontas's 1616 arrival in England. [painting; engraving] [Electronic Version] [View Images: page 11] Chamberlain, John.
11.) According to the Smithsonian (see link), "This engraved portrait of Pocahontas [was] created from life during her time in England." Rasmussen and Tilton point out that the portrayal may be "unrepresentative" because it pictures her as the Virginia Company wanted her to be seen. Rolfe explains to a patron why he left their son in England after Pocahontas died and hopes he will not be criticized for doing so: "I know not how I may be censued [sic] for leaving my childe behinde me, nor what hazard I may incurr of yo'r noble love and other of my best frends." Records Pocahontas's last words: "All must die.
432.) Perhaps to establish his credentials for command, Smith responds to the 1622 massacre of colonists in Jamestown with a vigorous assertion of his proven ability to handle the Indians, and he affirms Pocahontas as "the meanes to deliuer me [and who] thereby taught me to know their trecheries to preserue the rest." This slim sentence (in the 1622 edition but not in the 1620) seems to be the first verifiably public reference by Smith to the fabled rescue from captivity.
Most importantly, Purchas also reports from personal experience that in London Pocahontas "carried her selfe as the Daughter of a King" and, in his presence, was accorded respect by the Bishop of London (p. Smith's verbatim reference to Pocahontas from the 1622 .
If this letter is genuine, it contains the first description of "the" rescue, though there is no indication it was publicly known in 1616.
the Pocahontas rescue episode -- another piece of evidence for those who question Smith's veracity. The "womens entertainment" or "Virginia Maske" episode is also mentioned, but without reference to Pocahontas. 42, 130, 151, 152, 154, 160, 182, 198, 203, 232, 243, 245, 251, 255, 258-62.) This, of course, is the source of the widest range of information about Pocahontas, and the source of the full description of Smith's captivity and subsequent rescue by her. 13.) The first image of the rescue here in the book that, as we have seen, contains the first full description of it, if not the first public mention. [engraving] [View Images: engraving] Thomas Rolfe, Pocahontas's son, comes to Virginia. 105, who says the application to Virginia authorities is in the Library of Congress. 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. "They tooke Pocahuntis (Powhatans dearest daughter) prisoner, a matter of good consequence to them, of best to her, by this meanes being come a Christian, & married to Master Rolfe, an English Gentleman." The Indians concealed her real name of 10 (1902): 134-38. edition to note her baptism and marriage, as well as the Indian reason for concealing her real name. Powhatan treats the captive Smith with "kindness," and he is sent back to Jamestown without incident. Chapter 9: "How this Christian came to the land of Florida, and who he was: and what conference he had with the Governor." . [Virginia history] [Electronic Version] Symonds, William. is a collection of narratives by colonists compiled by Symonds, an English minister who wrote an important justification document for the Virginia Company, and describes Smith's captivity for a third time without the rescue by Pocahontas: instead, Smith "procured his owne liberty." But this work does mention that Powhatan sends Pocahontas to seek freedom for Indian prisoners (which Smith grants for her "sake only"), and there is refutation of the claim that Smith would make himself king by marrying Pocahontas.