Wednesday, November 27, 2013

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 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 and 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 favor, able interpositions of His providence
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
has 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 shown kindness to us), and to bless them
with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of
true religion and virtue, and the increase 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

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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