First Thanksgiving Proclamation


 

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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 Favour:  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 Favours of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity to establish a Form of Government for their Safety and Happiness,

Now, THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY the Twenty-Sixth 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 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 favourable interpositions of his Providence in the Course & Conclusions of the 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 Favours which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

AND ALSO, that we may then unite in most humbling 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 people, by constantly being a government of wise, just and Constitutional Laws, directly and faithfully obeyed;--to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations, (especially such as have shown 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 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 best.

Given under my Hand at the City of New York, the third Day of October, in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Nine.

G. WASHINGTON.

 

Source:  Crittenden Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1879-1907, November 23, 1905, Image 1 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.

 

[My comments are in brackets.]