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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The First Official Thanksgiving Proclamation


PROCLAMATION by the United States in Congress assembly: October 31, 1780

Whereas it hath pleased Almighty God, the Father of all mercies, amidst the vicissitudes and calamities of war, to bestow blessings on the people of these states, which call for their devout and thankful acknowledgments, more especially in the late remarkable interposition of his watchful providence, in rescuing the person of our Commander in Chief and the army from imminent dangers, at the moment when treason was ripened for execution; in prospering the labors of the husbandmen, and causing the earth to yield its increase in plentiful harvests; and, above all, in continuing to us the enjoyment of the gospel of peace;

It is therefore recommended to the several states to set apart Thursday, the seventh day of December next, to be observed as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer; that all the people may assemble on that day to celebrate the praises of our Divine Benefactor; to confess our unworthiness of the least of his favors, and to offer our fervent supplications to the God of all grace; that it may please him to pardon our heinous transgressions and incline our hearts for the future to keep all his laws that it may please him still to afford us the blessing of health; to comfort and relieve our brethren who are any wise afflicted or distressed; to smile upon our husbandry and trade and establish the work of our hands; to direct our public councils, and lead our forces, by land and sea, to victory; to take our illustrious ally under his special protection, and favor our joint councils and exertions for the establishment of speedy and permanent peace; to cherish all schools and seminaries of education, build up his churches in their most holy faith and to cause the knowledge of Christianity to spread over all the earth.

Done in Congress, the last day of October, 1780, and in the fifth year of the independence of the United States of America.

3 comments:

  1. Love the graphic that somebody found. Was that you or Carla, Susan? And thanks so much for this post, Susan. You find the coolest things.

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  2. This is just wonderful to read, full of that old-style language I love. I am glad we celebrate in November instead of December now. I think I like Thanksgiving even better than Christmas!
    Blogger is behaving badly so have to sign in anon.
    Bless you,
    Laura

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  3. Susan Craft said...
    Carrie--Carla must have found the picture. I love it.
    Laura-- I like the language too. Also, I don't think anyone could read this proclamation and say that America was not founded on Christian beliefs.

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