CHESTER HAS MOVED!: Thanksgiving Part III: President Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Thanksgiving Part III: President Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

[Courtesy of The Federalist Patriot]
'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.... '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 in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of 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 has been pleased to confer upon us. 'And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplication 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 best. 'Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, AD 1789.'


Blogger Oregonian Purple said...

To this I say, Amen.
We have so much to be thankful for. Our freedom, and the brave men and women sacrificing their lives to guard it, and our Godly leader, are what come first and foremost in our minds on this thanksgiving day.

November 25, 2004 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger Debbie (U.S. Navy Wife) said...

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November 25, 2004 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger David Sanderson said...

funny how that proclamation couldnt even be released today. Where did we go wrong from the Founding Father's vision. By restricting religion in the name of separation, the government, media, and liberal elite commit the same crimes that drove the pilgrims across the sea. I personally am not religious, but I will defend the right of anyone to exercise their religious freedoms. Its what America was founded for.

November 25, 2004 at 5:28 PM  

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