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Give Me Liberty! Sources of Freedom History Center Sources of Freedom: John Rolfe to Sir Thomas Dale, 18 June 1614. A letter in which John Rolfe professes his love for Pocahonatas, requests permission of the governor for their marriage, and advise him whether the marriage is or is not likely to receive the favor of God. This marriage has been credited with securing the peace for Jamestown for nearly a decade until the massacre of 1622 when relations between the English and the Powhatans had soured in their absence. That such intermarriages rarely if ever occurred again distinguished English settlements from their Spanish and French counterparts, and arguably helped both cultures conclude that living side by side in the same territory would never be possible. This letter was originally printed in Ralph Hamor, A True Discourse of the Present Estate of Virginia and the Successe of the Affaires there till the 18 of June, 1614 (London: John Beale for W. Welby, 1615), 61-68. The coppie of the Gentle-mans letters to Sir Thomas Dale, that after maried Powhatans daughter, containing the reasons moving him thereunto. Honourable Sir, and most worthy Governor: WHEN your leasure shall best serve you to peruse these lines, I trust in God, the beginning will not strike you into a greater admiration, then the end will give you good content. It is a matter of no small moment, concerning my own particular, which here I impart unto you, and which toucheth mee so ncerely, as the tendernesse of my salvation. Howbeit I freely subject my selfe to your grave and mature judgement, deliberation, approbation and determination; assuring my selfe of your zealous admonitions, and godly comforts, either perswading me to desist, or incouraging me to persist therin, with a religious feare and godly care, for which (from the very instant, that this began to roote it selfe within the secret bosome of my brest) my daily and earnest praiers have bin, still are, and ever shall be produced forth with as sincere a godly zeale as I possibly may to be directed, aided and governed in all my thoughts, words and deedes, to the glory of God, and for my eternal consolation. To persevere wherein I never had more neede, nor (till now) could ever imagine to have bin moved with the like occasion. But (my case standing as it doth) what better worldly refuge can I here seeke, then [than] to shelter my selfe under the safety of your favourable protection? And did not my ease proceede from an unspotted conscience, I should not dare to offer to your view and approved judgement, these passions of my troubled soule, so full of feare and trembling is hypocrisie and dissimulation. But knowing my owne innocency and godly fervor, in the whole prosecution hereof, I doubt not of your benigne acceptance, and clement construction. As for malicious depravers, and turbulent spirits, to whom nothing is tastful, but what pleaseth their unsavory pallat, I passe not for them being well assured
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This note was uploaded on 12/16/2011 for the course AMH 2041 taught by Professor Mungary during the Fall '11 term at FIU.

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