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Happy Thanksgiving!

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From The Papers of George Washington:

The 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 tranquillity, 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 onto 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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Comments (12)

Happy Thanksgiving to you!<... (Below threshold)

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

btw, don't make me hungry so soon with that Turkey.

Thank you for posting that,... (Below threshold)
Meezer:

Thank you for posting that, Kevin, and Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to everyone at Wizbang.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyon... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

BTW, is this one of the documents that was banned in Maryland?

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,139304,00.html

Excellent choice of post, K... (Below threshold)
Omni:

Excellent choice of post, Kevin-thanks!! :-)

To the previous poster: Jus... (Below threshold)

To the previous poster: Just about any Thanksgiving proclamation would be banned from the Cupertino (California) Unified School District. The proclamations all reference the Deity.

Enjoy the national holiday ... (Below threshold)
Henry:

Enjoy the national holiday so as to be able to give a very proper and heartfelt thanks to those that deserve it.

It wasn't just George Washington, it was the entire of Congress as well who :

"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.""

On a side note, I just disc... (Below threshold)
Henry:

On a side note, I just discovered that the Bush twins are exactly 2 days older than me!

its just odd to realize you are the same age (give or take a few days) as the offspring of our current president!

- A warm holiday wish from ... (Below threshold)

- A warm holiday wish from our small family to yours Kevin....It was a very good year and gave us all much to be thankful for... A special thanks sent out to our brave men and woman of our armed forces in Iraq and where ever they are stationed throughtout the world and a wish for a safe and early return for them to their families.... "God" bless America.....

What Hunter wrote (^^).... (Below threshold)
-S-:

What Hunter wrote (^^).

Excellent quote, Kevin.

" .. and generally t... (Below threshold)
jack rudd:


" .. and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best."

If God grants this, then probably we should expect our economy to take a steep dive.


Happy Thanksgiving you Wizb... (Below threshold)
Jim Hines:

Happy Thanksgiving you Wizbangers. Keep on bangin the wiz.

Best wishes,

Thank God the ACLU wasn't a... (Below threshold)
CarankyOldConservative:

Thank God the ACLU wasn't around in 1789 or we might have had beans for dinner yesterday.




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