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The First Thanksgiving Proclamation

The First Thanksgiving Proclamation

The words of the first president continue to deliver a poignant message for today.

by George Washington

"By THE PRESIDENT of the United States of America."

"A 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 signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:

...a day 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...

"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 favorable interpositions of His Providence, which we experienced in the course and confusion 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, to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us) and to bless them with good government 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 third day of October in the year 1789.

"G. Washington"

Published: November 17, 2001


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Visitor Comments: 9

(9) lori, December 1, 2010 2:24 AM

Thanks for giving Him.

A "thank" "full" "heart" should be expressed always... and not just for ONE day. But this day is set aside in America to remind us, that which we have came and to express that we are thankful to God for others. For to set aside differences and learn to eat as Ezekiel did, as close to kosher as we can. It is too set an example of living with each other and with toleration and exceptance that there are differences and that is okay. It is not Pagan but as God originally intended. For us to love as Torah and Talmud says. If everyone had their hands out to their sides at the same time one to another.... one hand would be giving and other hand receiving. At least we have one day, Now we just need to do it for the rest of the year.

(8) Wayne, November 28, 2010 3:01 AM

to Moshe, #6

Moshe, If your rant against Thanksgiving had any substance you would not need to "shout" at us (all CAPS) to get your point across. The point you succeeded in getting across is that you are a very angry person, and gratitude is a foreign concept to you. Expressing gratitude to the Almighty (in Thanksgiving) is PAGAN in its origins? Try again, Moshe; you are totally off base on this one.

(7) Harry, November 23, 2010 10:59 PM

Love

Good old George; gotta love him!

(6) MOSHE, November 23, 2010 5:24 PM

THANKSGIVING DAY IS NOT FOR JEWS!

AS PROVEN ABOVE, IF YOU READ CAREFULLY, AND IF YOU READ CAREFULLY INTO THE HISTORY OF THE ORIGINS OF THANKSGIVING, YOU WILL FIND THAT THANKSGIVING IS A PAGAN HOLIDAY WITH SOLELY PAGAN ORIGINS. THE THANKSGIVING DAY MEAL IS A COMMEMERATION OF A PAGAN HARVEST CELEBRATION THAT THE PAGANS MADE TO GIVE THANKS TO THEIR GOD. RABBI MORDECHAI TENDLER RELATES THAT JEWS CANNOT CELEBRATE A MEAL THAT IS A COMMEMERATION OF A MEAL THAT THE PAGANS MADE TO GIVE THANKS TO THEIR GOD. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH GOING OUT TO EAT WITH FAMILY. ONE MUST AVOID TURKEY ON THIS DAY WHENEVER POSSIBLE. IF ONE MUST EAST TURKEY DUE TO FAMILY PRESSURES THE EATER CANNOT EAT THE TURKEY FOR THE PURPOSES OF THANKSGIVING.

(5) Fred White, November 23, 2010 5:17 PM

God Bless

May God bless us all & unite our good deeds in this holiday season & always. Amen

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