Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3 October 1789

Editor’s note: wishes you all a happy Thanksgiving!

By George WashingtonWashingtonGeorgeThanksgiving

Thanksgiving Proclamation
[New York, 3 October 1789]
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 ³to 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 peaceably to establish a form of
government for their safety and happiness.²

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
which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war‹for the
great degree of tranquillity, 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 shewn
kindness unto 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

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the
year of our Lord 1789.

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