George Washington's Proclamation - Thanksgiving Day - 1789

Proclamation - Thanksgiving Day - 1789

George Washington - 10/03/1789

 

This is the text of George Washington's October 3, 1789 national Thanksgiving Proclamation; as printed in The Providence Gazette and Country Journal, on October 17, 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 favorable interposition's 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 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.

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Comment by Jerseygal on November 21, 2012 at 6:55am

Thanks for posting this Ruth! It's great!

Comment by Jodi180 on November 21, 2012 at 11:12pm

Wow...thank you Ruthann.  Give Thanks!!

Comment by kwicgov55 on November 22, 2012 at 1:59am

Thank you Ruthann. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

             God Bless

Comment by nurselady on November 22, 2012 at 8:06pm

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! May God watch over this nation always!

Comment by Rahthrae (Admin.) on November 22, 2012 at 8:36pm

Thank you Ruthann!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

May God bless you and yours.

Comment by Jerseygal on November 26, 2012 at 7:51pm

I thought this was an interesting post on CNSNews...

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/gws-thanksgiving-proclamation-made-...

Comment by Jodi180 on November 27, 2012 at 10:00am

JG - I think we all know that Barry calls on God only when politically necessary.  Maybe God will call on him to mend his evil ways?

Comment by Meredith George on November 27, 2012 at 2:31pm
Need help now on tweets for opposition for the UNCRPD!!!! http://www.hslda.org/LandingPages/crpd/index.html

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