A Quote by John Smith on books, daughters, death, devil, friendship, history, imagination, popularity, and salvation

In 1617, a new edition of Smith's True Relation went into print, in which the Pocahontas episode was appended as a sequence of footnotes to the narrative of Smith's captivity under Powhatan. Six years later, the story of Smith's salvation, now quite colorfully detailed, was incorporated into an extensively amended reprint of Symond's Proceedings, published as Book III of Smith's own history of Virginia. Since then, the tale has been firmly fixed in the popular imagination. "At last they brought him [Smith] to Meronocomoco, where was Powhatan their Emperor. ...[H]aving feasted him after their best barbarous manner they could, a long consultation was held, but the conclusion was, two great stones were brought before Powhatan : then as many as could layd hands on him, dragged him to them, and thereon laid his head, and being ready with their clubs, to beate out his braines, Pocahontas the kings dearest daughter, when no intreaty could prevaile, got his head in her armes, and laid her own upon his to save him from death: whereat the Emperour was contented he should live to make him hatchets, and her bells, beads, and copper... Two days after, Powhatan having disguised himselfe in the most fearfullest manner he could, caused Captaine Smith to be brought forth to great house in the woods... [T]hen Powhatan more like a devil then a man with some two hundred more as blacke as himselfe, came unto him and told him now they were friends, and presently he should goe to James towne..."

John Smith (1580 - 1631)

Source: The Generall History of Virginia, 1623

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