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The first Thanksgiving proclamation by George Washington

Posted by on Nov. 29, 2013 at 8:57 AM
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Thanksgiving Proclamation

[New York, 3 October 1789]

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

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by on Nov. 29, 2013 at 8:57 AM
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romalove
by Roma on Nov. 29, 2013 at 8:58 AM
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Amazing how times have changed, isn't it?


candlegal
by Judy on Nov. 29, 2013 at 9:09 AM

LOL, I guess I would have used a different word.

Quoting romalove:

Amazing how times have changed, isn't it?



romalove
by Roma on Nov. 29, 2013 at 9:09 AM
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Quoting candlegal:

LOL, I guess I would have used a different word.

Quoting romalove:

Amazing how times have changed, isn't it?



I'm sure you would have.

AlekD
by Gold Member on Nov. 29, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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That's really beautiful <3

katy_kay08
by on Nov. 29, 2013 at 9:56 AM

I'm interested in seeing the source but your link isn't working for me, can you ost the actual URL?  Thanks

candlegal
by Judy on Nov. 29, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Not sure why that didn't link, here is another one.   There atre actually several you can find by doing a search.

source

Quoting katy_kay08:

I'm interested in seeing the source but your link isn't working for me, can you ost the actual URL?  Thanks


Ziva65
by Gold Member on Nov. 29, 2013 at 10:46 AM
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Thanks for posting that Candlegal-

fireangel5
by Gold Member on Nov. 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM
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That can't possibly be. God was NEVER part of this country, or so I've learned on CM

candlegal
by Judy on Nov. 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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You are welcome.  I meant to post it yesterday but didn't have time to get near my computer.   We had a great day.

Quoting Ziva65:

Thanks for posting that Candlegal-


candlegal
by Judy on Nov. 29, 2013 at 10:53 AM

or so they keep trying to convince us.

Quoting fireangel5:

That can't possibly be. God was NEVER part of this country, or so I've learned on CM


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