Jeff Cornwall has the full text of the original Thanksgiving proclamation:
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 tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable 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.
In other news, my wife had our baby Tuesaday afternoon, so posting from me might be a little lighter than normal. Never fear, as group of loyal readers has stepped forward to help with the guest posting.
I haven’t yet notified the winner of the name the baby contest, but we named him Franklin Stuart Montgomery Carlson.
Best wishes to you and yours this holiday weekend.
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