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Re: Pocahontas Marriage
Posted by: wilma phelan (ID *****0644) Date: September 14, 2009 at 10:11:29
In Reply to: Re: Pocahontas Marriage by Elton L. Powell of 1081

I don't know what you read about Pocahontas death, but the previous letters descibe things well. There is another book out in which I read as follows: (I don't remember exactly as I was was reading one after the other). I think it was "The Ship Wreck that Saved Jamestown." This book place emphasis on the British workings of the expiditions of the first decade in Jamestown.

In the first place, Pocahontas died at Gravesend, ENGLAND. one would boaRd a ship at London and sail downriver (going east) on the Themes. Gravesend is toward the outlet of the river, not far from the English Channel.
The ship stoped because of Pocahontas's grave condition and the participants disembarrked. The book gets into what one would do at that date in time, for finding an hotel or tavern (in those days it was a combination resturant / hotel).

The book names the Inns available and then what John Rolfe would have to do to contact a minister for a dying person. The town would be small enough for everyone in town to know a ship had stopped and a sick person taken off.

It suddenly is the custom to lambast John Rolfe, who up to this time has been considered a level headed religious person of execellent character, who took his time to understand and educate his Indian wife. His wife was well received and in fact may have been treated better than he.

As for saying that John Rolf was not present when is wife died, the fact is that They know Pocahontas last words and in a hotel room, John could not be far away. When Pocahontas died he may have gone to rest in the corner of their room or adjacent room or for a walk. Where could he have gone with no car or horse? His Indian relatives might have been the ones with Pocahontas and since women usually took care of the ill, Actually they were ill too. Pocahontas's sister was probably with Pocahontas. The few days they were in port, the Indians and the rest would have stayed on the ship. Who would have had money to stay in the Inn?
I'm sure John Rolfe was exhausted by the time his wife died and probably emotionaly upset, Why blame the man for not being in the room when his wife died.
There would have been a respectable church service. The fact that Pocahontas was buried under the Alter proves that she was considered a person of very high respect. After all she had only been in the town for a short time. With this respect for her burial, it would seem there would have been the same respect for her care. Indeed John's behaviour, must have been excellent for him to have been able to arrange such things.
Ships nowadays pay huge docking fees. I don't know then, how long the ship would have been allowed to tie up at the dock, but Captains have their say and ships move on. As soon as the funeral was over, the Captain would orde the ship on. Someone would also have to pay for this or did the town offer such wonderful charity. John Had sold tobacco in London, but he could not have had a very large purse. Perhaps the Captain or the London Company footed the bill.

The British channel is difficult to navigate and sometimes Ships even back up because of the waves. The ship sailed around to the south of England to the South Western corner post, where John realize that for Thomas to live, the baby had to be trusted to those on shore. The ships passengers were mostly ill including most of the Indian relatives. It is difficult to see why John Rolfe could be well himself, since he would be suffering from his loss and had sickness on all sides. This would be the 2nd wife he had lost, only a few years apart.

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