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 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 favor, able

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 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 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 shown 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 3rd day of October,

A.D. 1789, G.Washington


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