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If this letter is genuine, it contains the first description of "the" rescue, though there is no indication it was publicly known in 1616. In it, we learn that Pocahontas (now described as "a child of twelve or thirteen years of age" when he knew her) not only rescued Smith more than once but was instrumental in saving the entire colony from starvation. 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." .
[engraving] [View Images: engraving] [Pocahontas visited by her brothers in captivity] was a premier, richly illustrated multi-volume collection on voyages and travel and contains three images from the Pocahontas story. Yet have we two witnesses to attest them, the Prose and the Pictures both in his own book, and it soundeth much to the diminution of his deeds, that he alone is the Herauld to publish and proclaime them." Often referenced as the first slur on Smith's credibility as historian, an attack that surfaces big time in the 19th century with Charles Deane and Henry Adams. "The Relation of Captain Smith's being taken Prisoner by Powhatan, and of his being deliverd from Death by his Daughter Pocahonta." thus: "Many other Quarrels and Encounters there were in the Infancy of the Plantation . This Lady was afterwards brought into England, Christened by the Name of Rebekah, and Married to one Mr. 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.