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.
"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.
Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1939. First of five letters by Chamberlain mentioning Pocahontas. In this first version there is only mention that "They carryed [Smith] prisoner to Powhatan, and there beganne the English acquaintance with the savage Emperour" -- the fourth published account without mention of a rescue by Pocahontas.
Letter of August 1, 1613, by Virginia Company shareholder Chamberlain in England to eminent diplomat Carleton advising of news of Pocahontas's capture and the promise of gold among the terms of ransom. His account of Virginia and the pertinent Pocahontas episodes grows over the subsequent editions of his work.
He himself / Calls her a non pareil." [play; Pocahontas-like] [Electronic Version] Alexander, William, Earl of Stirling [Stirling, William Alexander]. London, 1630.) In a survey of New World colonization associated with his grant in Newfoundland, Alexander cites the marriage of Rolfe and Pocahontas as evidence of the value of intermarriage, "for it is the onely course that vniting minds, free from jealousies, can first make strangers confide in a new friendship." Smith, John. Illustrations by Simon Van de Passe (see 1616) and Robert Vaughan (see below).
[Electronic Version] informs potential readers that Powhatan's "daughter saved his life, sent him to James towne and releeved him and all the English" -- the second verifiably public reference by Smith to the fabled rescue from captivity. as a "Nonpareil": "And that most deeply to consider is / The beauty of his daughter. "The Epistle Dedicatory" to the Duchess of Richmond and Lenox, 40, 49 , 50 , 54 , 67, 77, 80, 105, 112, 113, 119, 121-23.
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.