Thanks, Linda. I looked for this Mon. as I wanted to read it to a women's
group on Tuesday. Now I have it for next year. Thanks. Karen
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From: "DonLinda" <donlinda(a)2ki.net>
Sent: Thursday, November 23, 2006 8:52 AM
Subject: [NYWYOMIN] October-1863: The National Thanksgiving Day
Republican Advocate - Batavia NY
The National Thanksgiving Day
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America.
The year that is drawing towards its close has been filled with the
blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To those bounties, which
are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the Source from
they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature,
that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is
habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.
In the amidst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity,
has sometimes seemed to invite and provoke the aggressions of foreign
States, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been
maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has
prevailed everywhere, except in the theatre of military conflicts, while
that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and
of the Union.
The needful diversions of wealth and strength from the fields of
peaceful Industry to the national defence have not arrested the plough,
shuttle or the ship. The axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements,
and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have
yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily
increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the
siege and the battle field; and the country, rejoicing in the
of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of
with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath divised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out
things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while
with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly,
reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the
whole American people; I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens in every
part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are
sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last THURSDAY OF
NOVEMBER NEXT AS A DAY OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAYER to our beneficent Father
who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering
up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and
blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national
and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become
widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in
which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition
the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as
soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment
peace, harmony, tranquility and union.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of
the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington this third day of October, in the year
our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the
of the United States the eighty eighth. ABRAHAM
By the President,
William H. Seward, Sec. of State.
transcribed & submitted by L. Schmidt, Thanksgiving Day, November 23-2006.
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