POCAHONTAS: The Life and the Legend.
This is a book written by Frances Mossiker about the life of the famous.
Native American Princess who is best known for keeping peace among the new English .
colonists and the Powhatan Nation; she is also credited with saving the life of John Smith.
This book of 383 pages is well written and very thorough. It goes into great detail .
regarding Rolfe's love for Lady Rebecca (her baptized name). From the instant John .
Rolfe recognized his emotional involvement -- "from the very instant that this beganne to .
roote it self within the secrett bosome of my hart," love rather than lust, as he insisted -- .
his conscience, a Puritan conscience if one is to judge by his scriptural exegesis, caused .
him a veritable torment, day and night, waking and sleeping ("the many passions and .
sufferings wch I have daylie, howerly, yea in my sleepe endured")> In what he called "this .
my godly Conflict," he sought divine guidance in "dailye and earnest prayers," as he .
confessed by letter to Marshal Dale, a formal letter inscribed, "To you. . . (most noble Sir) .
the Patron and father of us in this Countrye," wherein he set forth his honorable intentions .
toward the marshal's Indian ward, and requested official authorization to take her as his .
bride. (Mossiker, 1976, p. 176).
John Rolfe was in awe and in love with this beautiful Indian Princess. He also .
was one of the most religious and dedicated men in the Henrico community. He had.
great regard and respect to God and he in no way wanted to bring disrespect to himself or .
to Pocohontas. (p. 178).
Other literature that was also researched supported the story of Mossiker except.
for the one written by a member of the Powhatan Nation. It was located on the internet.
under the title The Pocahontas Myth. This individual's version really did not match up.
with any other stories found during the research. The rescue of John Smith was refuted.