Editor’s notice: The next is a proclamation from Abraham Lincoln on Thanksgiving Day, October 20, 1864.
It has happy Almighty God to delay our nationwide life one other yr, defending us with His guardian care towards unfriendly designs from overseas and vouchsafing to us in His mercy many and sign victories over the enemy, who’s of our personal family. It has additionally happy our Heavenly Father to favor as effectively our residents of their properties as our troopers of their camps and our sailors on the rivers and seas with uncommon well being. He has largely augmented our free inhabitants by emancipation and by immigration, whereas He has opened to us new sources of wealth and has topped the labor of our workingmen in each division of business with ample rewards. Furthermore, He has been happy to animate and encourage our minds and hearts with fortitude, braveness, and backbone adequate for the good trial of civil warfare into which now we have been introduced by our adherence as a nation to the reason for freedom and humanity, and to afford to us affordable hopes of an final and pleased deliverance from all our risks and afflictions:
Now, due to this fact, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of america, do hereby appoint and set aside the final Thursday in November subsequent as a day which I want to be noticed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they might then be, as a day of thanksgiving and reward to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe. And I do additional suggest to my fellow-citizens aforesaid that on that event they do reverently humble themselves within the mud and from thence supply up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the Nice Disposer of Occasions for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and concord all through the land which it has happy Him to assign as a dwelling place for ourselves and for our posterity all through all generations.
In testimony whereof I’ve hereunto set my hand and brought about the seal of america to be affixed.
Performed on the metropolis of Washington, this 20th day of October, A.D. 1864, and of the Independence of america the eighty-ninth.