From George Washington's First Thanksgiving 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..."

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign Thursday November 26th 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 favourable Interpositions 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 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; ...--and generally, to grant unto all Mankind such a Degree of temporal Prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

City of New-York, October 3rd, the Year of our Lord 1789

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