George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

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First Thanksgiving Proclamation
By
President George Washington
October 3, 1789

    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 to humbly 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 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 great States to the service of that great and glorious Being, Who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was or will be . . . that…

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