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The 1st Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

We posted President Washington’s proclamation back in 2005. But we thought it might be an appropriate time to dust it off again:

George Washington’s 1789 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, 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 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.

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 show 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 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.

You see, it was largely intended to thank the Almighty for our new Constitution.

Alas, those were the days.

We also want to take the opportunity to thank you, the members of our happy band, for your support and contributions over the past year.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

And God bless the United States, our brave soldiers around the world, our elected leaders (well, some of them), and people striving for freedom everywhere.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 27th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

24 Responses to “The 1st Thanksgiving Day Proclamation”

  1. PrestoPundit says:

    Thanks for posting this. I’ll read it at dinner tomorrow.

  2. PrestoPundit says:

    Did Washington write this, or did one of his aids. Do we know?

  3. Zilla says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. 1sttofight says:

    I was just trying to imagine how many different pepole would be offended if that very same speech were to be given today.

    Happy Thanksgiving to every one and say a Prayer for those who are standing guard all over the world so that we can enjoy this day in Peace.

  5. sheehanjihad says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Steve says:

    “Did Washington write this, or did one of his aids. Do we know?”

    Do you mean physically? Physically, it was written by his secretary, William Jackson.

    But Washington did sign it.

  7. GuppyNblue says:

    Like many conservatives I enjoy the study of history and I’ve never read of a more admirable character than George Washington. As we know, he wasn’t particularly superior in any way but his faith in God and love for his soldiers was unbeatable. He was destined to become the father of our nation and by emulating his character this nation was destined to be great.

    Please don’t depend on schools to teach the history of this man to your children but rather do the honor yourselves. This country has been blessed and many of it’s achievements have been miraculous. If we deny God’s truth, we deny His grace. As we transfer our faith over to mortal men we become vulnerable to their evils.

    I’ll be spending the day with a pack of hot dogs, a bottle of wine, and a couple of football games. It doesn’t seem like much but those aren’t the things I give thanks for. I’m a free man living in a blessed nation and it’s only appropriate to thank all those, past and present, that made the sacrifices it took to have this. Thank you so much and God bless you all.

  8. Colonel1961 says:

    Had the ethereal privilege of sitting in his pew on a recent visit to Christ Church. A great man, indeed.

    God bless America and her ideals. Happy Thanksgiving, all.

  9. This morning, I went to church with my family and gave thanks for all the freedoms and blessings I have. There is so much I’m thankful for today, and every day, that I’d probably have to write a book to explain it all.

    Thanks to the people here, and your tireless comaraderie. I hope you and yours have a blessed, and Happy Thanksgiving.

  10. DEZ says:

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
    You are all the reason S&L is my home page.

  11. David says:

    With a lot of possible negative futures ahead I am happy to see that we haven’t lost sight of the great blessings the Lord has poured out on us. As hard as it is, I also give thanks for the financial struggle many of us our in. Many may turn to the government to save them but perhaps for a few, we will be refined to really appreciate the truly good gifts that divine providence has laid out for us. God bless the United States of America, the men and women who have laid down their lives for her, and the mothers and fathers who have proudly offered their son’s and daughters to her cause. In light of our circumstance we MUST hold on to the presupposition of his country, that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As our fathers before, to this we should mutually pledge to one another our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
    Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving Steve and all you S&Lers!

  12. proreason says:

    Washington would be scorned and derided today by the same people who destroyed Sarah Palin. Imagine…mentioning God in an official document.

    But there is always something to be thankful for. I’ll cite this age-old prophesy written thousands of years ago about Obamy and his idiot partners in crime: “This too shall pass”.

    And thanks to sg for running a good web-site, and to the many posters with wicked senses of humor.

  13. Chinnubie says:

    My thanks run far, wide, and deep so not to be too sappy My Thanks goes out to all who have laid down their lives for the freedoms we all truly enjoy in the Greatest Country in the World the United States of America. I’m thankful to those of you, here at this site and of course my immediate family by giving me the guts to go on and realize that We are not alone in the obvious struggle ahead but, Our Truth will shine through.

    Some say BHO is too big to fail but it is his failings that will be too big to hide. Once the masses wake up out of the stupor that has been caste upon them this will all be a forgotten nightmare that the vast majority will never want to revisit.

  14. bill148 says:

    We thank you for all you do. We must keep the faith that God will indeed preserve our freedoms despite the setbacks. Happy Thanksgiving from Texas Johnsons.

  15. VMAN says:

    Abraham asked God not to destroy Sodom several times. He finally got down to 10 righteous men. I must say that reading this blog there are many more than 10 righteous men in this country so I think we are OK. God bless us all and God bless the USA. Oh and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

  16. wardmama4 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all – most especially Steve for providing this lil piece of the web where I know I am among friends.

    I am so very thankful that I had the blessing to be born and raised in the greatest Nation in the history of Man.

    ‘For nothing will be impossible with God.’

  17. bobbys says:

    I have really enjoyed today our last thanksgiving but i am looking forward to our new holidays. Darwin days.,Roe vs wade, 40 plus million served,saint margaret sanger,Birthday of obama{praise be upon his name} Wacky waco week by Janet reno,.marly and me{ok everyone likes Labs even naughty ones} Madiline murrey Ohair month, Stonewall riots remberance day{not sure i can do the outfits }, In March we will have saint kennedy instead of saint Patrick, For veterans day im thinking william ayers will give a speech about the noble struggle he endured

  18. DW says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, folks.

  19. 1republicanscientist says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all, and also to any family members who may be fighting the good fight, my family sends their prayers, we all sleep better at night because of them.

  20. Dangerous says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you celebrating it today, from one of those who celebrated a month and a half ago.

  21. 11ten1775 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! (A bit late…) My cup runneth over. Thanks for remembering all the men and women serving overseas. Lots of heavy hearts in the barracks on weekends like this. Bless them – these incredible young people who determined this war wouldn’t be waged without them. Bless them, and may God continue to bless America.

  22. Eilsel says:

    I teach in a public school and I teach this side of George Washington and the other Founding Fathers. I teach that they believed that our “Republican Experiment” would only succeed if it were administered by a moral and upright people. I am thankful for their sacrifices, their intuitiveness, and their foresight. I am thankful for those people who continue to sacrifice their time, talents, energy, money, and lives to ensure that the principles that this country was founded upon continue to endure.

  23. 1sttofight says:

    I teach that they believed that our “Republican Experiment” would only succeed if it were administered by a moral and upright people.

    I think I see the problem…

  24. Eilsel says:

    Yeah, I point the current cunumdrum out, too. So, I encourage them (when they are of age) to vote smart for GOOD people.

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