Thanksgiving Proclamation, 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 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.

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

Go: Washington
George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress*

That up there is here because there's just a bit more to the holiday than turkeys and parades, and especially this year, when the first day of Chanukah coincides with Thanksgiving, it's nice to keep in mind "the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed."

So here's a little something for Thanksgiving (if you are a fan of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, you will recognize it):

...and a little something for the first day/second night of Chanukah:

So whether or not you are celebrating a holiday (or holidays) today, I hope you are having a happy day, full of fun and laughter!




(Crossposted to LiveJournal.)

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