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1774, September 6, First Meeting of the Continental Congress:
1774, September 7, First Prayer of the Continental Congress:
1777, November 1, Proclamation, Thanksgiving Day:
1775 – The first Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer1863 – Abraham Lincoln called for such a day.1952 – Congress established NDP as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Truman (82-324)1988 – The law was amended and signed by President Reagan, designating the NDP as the first Thursday in May (100-307).
1) There have been 136 national calls to prayer, humiliation, fasting and thanksgiving by the President of the United States (1789-2010).
2) There have been 58 Presidential Proclamations for a “National Day of Prayer” (1952-2010).
3) Gerald Ford (1976) and George H. Bush (1989-91) are the only U.S. Presidents to sign two National Day of Prayer Proclamations in the same year.
4) Every President since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.
5) 33 of the 44 U.S. Presidents have signed proclamations for National Prayer. Four of the Presidents who did not sign a proclamation died while serving in office.
6) Records indicate there have been 914 state and federal calls for national prayer since 1775 and counting.
1774 - First Prayer of the Continental Congress:
Continental Congress September 6, 1774, made their first official act a call for prayer, as recorded in the Journals of the Continental Congress(1), after just receiving the news that the British troops had attacked Boston:
"Tuesday, September 6, 1774. Resolved, That the Rev. Mr. Duche' be desired to open the Congress tomorrow morning with prayers, at the Carpenter's Hall, at 9 o'clock." - September 6, 1774. The Journals of the Continental Congress 1774-1789 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1905),
The 35th Psalm [In the HOLY BIBLE], the Psalter for the Seventh day of September, was read by Rev. Mr. Duche' in the first Continental Congress. It begins:
"Plead my cause, Oh, Lord, with them that strive with me, fight against them that fight against me. Take hold of buckler and shield, and rise up for my help. Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me; Say to my soul, 'I am your salvation.'
Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me." - September 7, 1774, Rev. Mr. Duche' reading Psalm 35.
[SOURCE: "Our Christian Heritage," Letter from Plymouth Rock (Marlborough, NH: The Plymouth Rock Foundation), p. 2-3,. Catherine Millard, The Rewriting of America's History (Camp Hill, PA: Horizon House Publishers, 1991), p. 249].
EFFECT OF FIRST PRAYER OF CONGRESS:
The Library of Congress, from the collected reports of the various patriots, records on a famous historical placard the effect of that first prayer upon Congress:
>> " [George] Washington was kneeling there,
>> and [Patrick] Henry, [Payton] Randolph, Rutledge, [Richard, uncle of Robert E. Lee] Lee, and [John] Jay,
>> and Mr. [John] Adams, [see below];
>> and by their side there stood, bowed in reverence, the Puritan Patriots of New England, who at that moment had reason to believe that an armed soldiery was wasting their humble households.
It was believed that Boston had been bombarded and destroyed.
"They prayed fervently 'for America, for Congress, for the Province of Massachusetts Bay, and especially for the town of Boston,'
and who can realize the emotion with which they turned imploringly to Heaven for Divine interposition and - 'It was enough' says Mr. [John] Adams, 'to melt a heart of stone.'
"I saw the tears gush into the eyes of the old, grave, Pacific Quakers of Philadelphia.'" - September 7, 1774.
[SOURCE: First Prayer in Congress - "Beautiful Reminiscence" (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress).
[SOURCE: Secondary; Gary DeMar, God and Government - A Biblical and Historical Study (Atlanta, GA: American Vision Press, 1982), Vol. I, p. 108. . . . AND . . .John S. C. Abbot, George Washington (NY: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1875, 1917), p. 187. . . . AND David Barton, The Myth of Separation (Aledo, TX: WallBuilder Press, 1991), p. 101-102].
THE ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION:
Continental Congress September 1774, passed The Articles of Association, as recorded by the Secretary of Congress, Charles Thomson, in the Journals of Congress. It stated:
"Article X That the late Act of Parliament for establishing... the French Laws in that extensive country now called Quebec,
o is dangerous in an extreme degree to the Protestant Religion
o and to the civil rights and liberties of all America;
o and therefore as men and protestant Christians, we are indispensably obliged to take all proper measures for our security."
[SOURCE: September 1774, Article 10 of the Articles of Association. Catherine Millard, The Rewriting of America's History (Camp Hill, PA: Horizon House Publishers, 1991), pp. 77-78.
Continental Congress June 12, 1775, less than two months after "the shot heard 'round the world" was fired at Concord, issued a call for all citizens to fast and pray and confess their sin that the Lord God might bless the land:
"And it is recommended to Christians, of all denominations, to assemble for public worship, and to abstain from servile labour and recreations on said day." - June 12, 1775. The Journals of the Continental Congress 1774-1789 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1905), Vol. II, p. 87. "Our Christian Heritage," Letter from Plymouth Rock (Marlborough, NH: The Plymouth Rock Foundation), p. 3. David Barton, The Myth of Separation (Aledo, TX: WallBuilder Press, 1991), p. 98.
Continental Congress May 16, 1776, appointed a day of fasting and prayer for the colonies:
"The Congress.... Desirous... to have people of all ranks and degrees duly impressed with a solemn sense of God's superintending providence, and of their duty, devoutly to rely... on his aid and direction...
"Do earnestly recommend Friday, the 17th day of May be observed by the colonies as a day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer; that we may, with united hearts, confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions, and, by sincere repentance and amendment of life, appease God's righteous displeasure, and, though the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, obtain this pardon and forgiveness." - May 16, 1776.
(1) [SOURCE: The Journals of the Continental Congress 1774-1789 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1905), Vol. IV, pp. 208-209].
[SOURCE: "Our Christian Heritage," Letter from Plymouth Rock (Marlborough, NH: The Plymouth Rock Foundation, p. 3].
[SOURCE: Journal of Congress, Vol. II, p. 93. Stephen Abbott Northrop, D.D., A Cloud of Witnesses (Portland, Oregon: American Heritage Ministries, 1987), p. 287-288.
1774 - First Prayer of the Continental Congress:
The Prayer in the First Congress, A.D. 1774 The Prayer in the First Congress, A.D. 1774
"O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from Thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth
o and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments;
o look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection,
o desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee.
o To Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause;
o To Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give.
o Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council and valor in the field;
o defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their Cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes,
o of [Thy] own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle!
o Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed;
o that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people.
o Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world
o and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come.
o All this we ask in the Name and through the merits of Jesus Christ,
o Thy Son and our Savior.
Reverend Jacob Duché
Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 7, 1774, 9 o’clock a.m.
1777 - Proclamation, Thanksgiving Day:
Continental Congress - 11/01/1777
This is the text of the Continental Congress November 1, 1777 national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation; as printed in the Journals of Congress.
Saturday, November 1, 1777
The committee appointed to prepare a recommendation to the several states, to set apart a day of public thanksgiving, brought in a report; which was taken into consideration, and agreed to as follows:
[DUTY OF ALL MEN:]
"Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God;
o to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such futher blessings as they stand in need of;
o and it having pleased him in his abundant mercy not only to continue to us the innumerable bounties of his common providence,
o but also smile upon us in the prosecution of a just and necessary war, for the defense and establishment of our inalienable rights and liberties;
[WAR SUCCESS A "SIGN" OF DIVINE FAVOR:]
o particularly in that He hath been pleased in so great a measure to prosper the means used for the support of our troops and to crown our arms with most signal success:
It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the 18th day of December next,
o for solemn thanksgiving and praise; that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their Divine Benefactor;
[DISOBEDIENCE FORFEITS DIVINE FAVOR:]
o and that together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold sins, whereby they had forfeited every favor,
[SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST:]
and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance;
that it may please him graciously to afford His Blessings on the governments of these states respectively, and prosper the public council of the whole;
o to inspire our commanders both by land and sea, and all under them, with that wisdom and fortitude
[SOLDIERS AS INSTRUMENTS OF GOD:]
o which may render them fit instruments, under the providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States the greatest of all blessings, independence and peace;
o that it may please him to prosper the trade and manufactures of the people and the labor of the husbandman, that our land may yield its increase;
o to take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under His Nurturing Hand,
[ENJOINS THE HOLY GHOST:]
o and to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
And it is further recommended, that servile labor, and such recreation as, though at other times innocent, may be unbecoming the purpose of this appointment, be omitted on so solemn an occasion.
1781, December 18, A Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer;
President of US, Congress, Thomas McKean - 10/26/1781
The following is the text of a Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer issued by Thomas McKean, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, while he was serving as President of Congress.
This proclamation was issued on October 26, 1781 and the Day of Thanksgiving was to be December 18, 1781. This proclamation was published in The Independent Ledger and the American Advertiser on November 19, 1781.
By the United States, in CongressAssembled.
"Whereas it hath pleased Almighty God, the Father of Mercies, remarkably to assist and support the United States of America in their important struggle for liberty against the long-continued efforts of a powerful nation,
it is the duty of all ranks to observe and thankfully acknowledge the interpositions of his Providence in their behalf; –
Through the whole of the contest from its first rise to this time the influence of Divine Providence may be clearly perceived in many signal instances, of which we mention but a few: –
In revealing the counsels of our enemies, when the discoveries were seasonable and important, and the means seemingly inadequate or fortuitous.
In preserving and even improving the union of the several states on the breach of which our enemies placed their greatest dependence,
In increasing the number and adding to the zeal ad attachment of friends of liberty,
In granting remarkable deliverances and blessings with the most signal success, when affairs seemed to have the most discouraging appearance,
In raising up for us a most powerful and generous ally in one of the first of European Powers,
In confounding the counsels of our enemies and suffering them to pursue such measures a shave most directly contributed to frustrate their own desires and expectations: above all
In making their extreme cruelty to the inhabitants of those states when in their power and their savage devastation of property the very means of cementing our Union and adding vigor to every effort in opposition to them;
and as we cannot help leading the good people of these states to a retrospect on the events which have taken place since the beginning of the war so we may recommend in a particular manner to their observation the goodness of God in the year now drawing to a conclusion in which The Confederation of the United States has been completed,
In which there have been so many instances of prowess and success in our armies, particularly in the southern states, where, notwithstanding the difficulties with which they had to struggle, they have recovered the whole country which the enemy had overrun, leaving them only a post or two on or near the sea,
In which we have been so powerfully and effectually assisted by our allies, while in all the unjust operations, the most perfect harmony has subsisted in the allied army: In which there has been so plentiful a harvest, and so great abundance of the fruits of the earth of every kin, as not only enable us easily to supply the wants of our army, but gives comfort and happiness to the whole people,
And in which, after the success of our allies by sea, a general of the first rank with his whole army has been captured by the allied forces under the direction of our commander-in-chief.
It is therefore recommended to the several states to set apart the THIRTEENTH day of DECEMBER next, to be religiously observed as a day of THANKSGIVING and PRAYER;
that all the people may assemble on that day with grateful hearts to celebrate the praises of our glorious Benefactor,
to confess our manifold sins, to offer up our most fervent supplications to the God of all grace that it may please Him to pardon our offense,
and incline our hearts for the future, to keep all His laws,
to comfort and relieve all our brethren who are in distress or captivity, to prosper our husbandmen, and give strength to all engaged in lawful commerce;
to impart wisdom and integrity to our counselors, judgment and fortitude to our officers and soldiers;
to protect and prosper our illustrious ally and favor our united exertions for the speedy establishment of a safe, honorable, and lasting peace,
to bless our seminaries of learning, and cause the knowledge
Done in Congress the 26th day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-one, and in the sixth year of the Independence of America.
Thomas McKean, President.
Attest, Charles Thomson, Secretary.
1782, November 5, A Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer;
President John Hanson of US Confederation, Congress - 10/11/1782
Text of Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving issued by John Hanson, while serving as President of the Continental Congress and US Confederation of States, on October 11, 1782. The Day of Thanksgiving took place on November 28, 1782.
This proclamation was published in The Independent Gazetteer; or, the Chronicle of Freedom on November 5, 1782.
By the United States in Congress assembled,
"It being Mbnot only to offer up their supplications to Almighty God, the giver of all good, for His gracious assistance in a time of distress, and they do further recommend to all ranks to testify their gratitude to God for His goodness by a cheerful obedience to His laws
but also in a solemn and public manner, to give Him praise for His goodness in general, and especially for great and signal interpositions of His Providence in their behalf;
therefore, the Unites States in Congress assembled, taking into their consideration the many instances of Divine goodness to these States in the course of the important conflict, in which they have been so long engaged,
- the present happy and promising state of public affairs, and the events of the war in the course of the year now drawing to a close;
particularly the harmony of the public Councils which is so necessary to the success of the public cause,
- the perfect union and good understanding which has hitherto subsisted between them and their allies, notwithstanding the artful and unwearied attempts of the common enemy to divide them,
- the success of the arms of the United States and those of their allies,
- and the acknowledgment of their Independence by another European power, whose friendship and commerce must be of great and lasting advantage to these States;
Do hereby recommend it to the inhabitants of these States in general, to observe and request the several states to interpose their authority,
in appointing and commanding the observation of THURSDAY the TWENTY-EIGHTH DAY OF NOVEMBER next as a day of SOLEMN THANKSGIVING to GOD for all His mercies;
and by promoting, each in his station, and by his influence, the practice of true and undefiled religion,
which is the great foundation of public prosperity and national happiness.
Done in Congress at Philadelphia, the eleventh day of October, in the year of our LORD, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two, and of our Sovereignty and Independence, the seventh.
JOHN HANSON, President.
CHARLES THOMSON, Secretary.
1788, October 23, Day of Thanksgiving Proclamation:
Samuel Huntington, as Governor of Connecticut made a Day of Thanksgiving Proclamation, for 10/03/1788 as printed in The New-aven Gazette, and the Connecticut Magazine on
By His Excellency
Samuel Huntington, Esquire
Governor and Commander in Chief, in and over the State of Connecticut, in America.
"Considering the great and manifold favors, which it pleased Almighty God, the Father of Mercies, to bestow upon the inhabitants of this Land, and the people of this State in the course of the current year, which demand our sincere and grateful Acknowledgment:
I Have thought fit, by, and with the advice of the Council, and at the desire of the Representatives, in General Court assembled, to appoint, and do hereby appoint, Thursday the twenty-seventh day of November next, to be religiously observed as a day of Public Thanksgiving throughout this State;
earnestly exhorting ministers and people of all Denominations, with becoming devotion, to assemble for divine and social worship;
and with grateful hearts, to acknowledge the divine goodness in the great and distinguishing Favors and blessings bestowed upon these United States, and the people of this State in particular:
For the continuation of the inestimable privileges of the Gospel and means of Grace, the blessings of Peace, and for the general health enjoyed;
the supplies of the fruits of the Earth, notwithstanding the harvests are in some measure diminished; and for all other innumerable favors and unmerited mercies conferred upon us from the fountain of all goodness:
Also to offer up fervent supplication and prayer to Almighty God, the supreme Governor of the Universe,
and ruler of the Kingdoms of Men,
that it may graciously please him, to shower divine blessings upon the people of these Untied States; disposing them in a yet unexampled manner, to unite in voluntarily forming a salutary Constitution,
which shall best fulfill the purposes of Civil Government, by securing the inalienable Rights of Individuals, and removing Oppression far from them, and in promoting the prosperity and permanent happiness of the Union: Inspire all in civil Administration with wisdom and Integrity:
Abundantly bless the inhabitants of this State:
Succeed a preached Gospel and the means of Grace,
and cause "Pure Religion" to flourish:
Grant us health in all our dwellings: Continue peace; make our land a quiet habitation and refuge for the oppressed; caused the Earth to yield her increase, and bless us in all our interests and concerns:
Extend his mercies to all Mankind: Dispose the Nations of the Earth to universal peace, and put a period to the calamities of war;
and cause the world to be filled with the Knowledge and Glory of God.
And all servile Labor is forbidden on said day.
Given at the Council Chamber at New-Haven, the Thirteenth day of October, in the Thirteenth Year of the independence of the United States of America, Annoque Domini, 1788.
By his Excellency's Command,
George Wyllys Secretary.
1789, Proclamation - Thanksgiving Day -
For Thursday, the 26th day of November next,
George Washington - 10/03/1789
George Washington's October 3, 1789, national Thanksgiving Proclamation; as printed in The Providence Gazette and Country Journal, on October 17, 1789.
By the President of the United States of America.
"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 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 third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
1791, November 17, Proclamation - Thanksgiving Day -
Proclamation- Thanksgiving Day- 1791, Massachusetts
John Hancock - Former President of the US Congress and Confederation of the US.
Text of a Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise, issued by John Hancock (Signer of the Declaration of Independence), while he was serving as governor of Massachusetts. The proclamation was issued October 5, 1791 and was declaring November 17, 1791 the day of Thanksgiving.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
By His EXCELLENCYJohn Hancock, Esq.GOVERNOR of the COMMONWEALTHof Massachusetts.
For a Day of Public Thanksgiving.
"In consideration of the many undeserved Blessings conferred upon us by GOD, the Father of all Mercies; it becomes us no only in our private and usual devotion, to express our obligations to Him, as well as our dependence upon Him;
but also specially to set a part a Day to be employed for this great and important Purpose:
I HAVE therefore thought fit to appoint, and by the advice and consent of the Council, do hereby accordingly appoint, THURSDAY, the seventeenth of November next, to be observed as a Day of Public THANKSGIVING and PRAISE, throughout this Commonwealth:
—Hereby calling upon Ministers and People of every denomination, to assemble on the said Day—
and in the name of the Great Mediator,
devoutly and sincerely offer to Almighty God, the gratitude of our Hearts, for all his goodness towards us; more especially in that HE has been pleased to continue to us so a great a measure of Health
—to cause the Earth plentifully to yield her increase, so that we are supplied with the Necessaries, and the Comforts of Life
—to prosper our Merchandise and Fishery
—And above all, not only to continue to us the enjoyment of our civil Rights and Liberties;
but the great and most important Blessing, the Gospel of Jesus Christ:
And together with our cordial acknowledgments, I do earnestly recommend, that we may join the penitent confession of our Sins, and implore the further continuance of the Divine Protection,
and Blessings of Heaven upon this People; especially that He would be graciously pleased to direct, and prosper the Administration of the Federal Government,
and of this, and the other States in the Union—to afford Him further Smiles on our Agriculture and Fisheries, Commerce and Manufactures
—To prosper our University and all Seminaries of Learning
—To bless the virtuously struggling for the Rights of Men—so that universal Happiness may be Allies of the United States, and
to afford his Almighty Aid to all People, who are established in the World;
That all may bow to the Scepter of our LORD JESUS CHRIST,
and the whole Earth be filled with his Glory.
And I do also earnestly recommend to the good People of this Commonwealth, to abstain from all servile Labor and Recreation, inconsistent with the solemnity of the said day.
Given at the Council-Chamber, in Boston, the fifth Day of October, in the Year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety-One, and in the sixteenth Year of the Independence of the United States of America.
By his Excellency’s Command,
JOHN AVERY, jun. Sec'y
GOD save the Commonwealth of MASSACHUSETTS!!
Proclamation - Thanksgiving Day - 1791, New JerseyWilliam Paterson - 11/21/1791
This is the text of the November 21, 1791 William Paterson Thanksgiving Day proclamation, as he served as governor of New Jersey; as printed in the Gazette of the United States, November 26, 1791.
By His Excellency
William Paterson, Esquire,
Governor, Captain-General, and Commander in Chief in and over the State of New-Jersey, and territories thereunto belonging, Chanceler, and Ordinary in the same.
Whereas it is, at all times, our duty to approach the throne of Almighty God with gratitude and praise, but more especially in seasons of national peace, plenty, and prosperity; I have, therefore, thought fit, by and with the advice and consent of the Honorable the Privy Council, to assign Thursday the eighth day of December next, to be set apart and observed as a day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer for the great and manifold mercies conferred upon this land and people; and particularly for the abundant produce of the earth, during the present year, for the spirit of industry, sobriety, and economy which prevails: for the stability and extension of our national credit and commerce, for the progress of literature, arts and science, and for the good order, peace and plenty, and the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed. And also that we may unite in our supplications, and humbly implore the Almighty Ruler of the Universe, that he would be pleased to continue his protection and goodness to this land and people, to smile upon all schools and seminaries of learning; to promote agriculture, manufactures and commerce, to illuminate and guide our public councils, to bless our national and state governments, to enable us all to discharge our official, social and relative duties with diligence and fidelity, to eradicate prejudice, bigotry and superstition; to advance the interest of religion, and the knowledge and practice of virtue; and for this purpose to pour out his holy spirit on all ministers of the gospel, and to spread the saving light thereof to the most distant parts of the earth.
Given under my hand and seal at arms, at Trenton, the twenty-first day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one.
By his Excellency's command.
Bowes Reed, Sec'ry.
Proclamation - Thanksgiving Day - 1793, New HampshireJosiah Bartlett - 10/05/1793
This is the text of a proclamation by Josiah Bartlett (Signer of the Declaration of Independence), governor of New Hampshire, given on October 5, 1793. It declares November 21, 1793 to be a day of Public Thanksgiving. This proclamation was published in The Oracle of the Day on October 26, 1793.
By His ExcellencyJosiah Bartlett, Esquire,Governor and Commander in Chief of theState of New Hampshire.
A PROCLAMATION,For A PublicTHANKSGIVING.
The many favors the inhabitants of this State have been made the subjects of in the court of the current year, call for a public return of sincerer gratitude and praise to that Being from whom all our mercies flow; – And the Legislature having appointed Thursday the Twenty First day of November next, to be observed as a day of public Thanksgiving throughout this State:
I have thought fit, by and with the advice of Council, to issue this Proclamation, exhorting the people of every denomination to dedicate said day to the duties of thanksgiving and praise, and to devote a reasonable part thereof in their respective places of public worship in a social manner, with grateful hearts and united voices in returning our most humble and hearty thanks to Almighty God for the unmerited favors He has been graciously pleased to confer upon us in the course of the present year now drawing to a close.
In a particular manner, that He was graciously pleased to appear for us in the course of the summer past when, by reason of a severe and early drought, the hope of the husbandman seemed likely to be cut off and we were threatened with a great and general scarcity of the necessary fruits and of the field, that in the midst of judgment He remembered mercy and by sending plentiful showers of rain, the decaying and almost dying fruits of the earth were greatly revived; and that He has been pleased so to order the latter part of the season, that we are still blessed with a competent supply of the most of the necessary fruits of the field.
That He had been pleased to continue to us the inestimable blessings of civil and religious liberty.
That notwithstanding the tumults and confusions of the contending nations, we still enjoy the blessing of peace and good government.
That we have been favored with a general measure of health, and that no waiting and pestilential disease has been suffered to prevail among us.
And together with our thanksgiving, let us entreat the Father of Mercies, to continue us the blessings we now enjoy, and bestow upon us all further needed favors.
That it would please Him still to have these United States under His Holy protection and guidance – that He would inspire those who have the management of all our public affairs with all that wisdom, prudence and integrity that is necessary to the faithful discharge of their important trusts, that all their determinations may tend to promote the real happiness and prosperity of this great and rising Republic, and that all people may be disposed to afflict in carrying such determinations into effect.
That it would please God to over-rule the tumults and confusions among the nations, in such a manner as shall subserve to His own Glory and the best good and happiness of mankind, and that in His own due time, He would calm the angry passions of the contending nations and say to them, peace, be still.
That God would be pleased to look down with an eye of compassion upon the whole human race, and dispel those clouds of ignorance, superstition and bigotry that overspread so great a part of the world, and that the knowledge of and reverential love and regard to the One God and Father, of all, and a true benevolence and good will to their fellow men, may pervade the hearts, and influence the lives of all mankind, and all Nations, Languages and Tongues be brought to join in singing, Glory to God in the highest, on Earth Peace and good will to men.
It is recommended and expected, that all persons abstain from all servile labor and such recreations as are unbecoming the solemnity of said day.
Given at the Council Chamber in Exeter, the Fifth day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, seven hundred and ninety three and of the Sovereignty and Independence of the United states of America the Eighteenth.
By His Excellency's command,
with the advice of Council,
JOSEPH PEARSON, Sec'ry.
George Washington - 01/01/1795
This is the text of a proclamation for a day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer, issued by George Washington when he served as President. It was published in the Columbian Centinel on January 1, 1795.
A PROCLAMATION:By the PRESIDENT of the UNITEDSTATES OF AMERICA.
When we review the calamities, which afflict so many other nations, the present condition of the United States affords much matter of consolation and satisfaction. Our exemption hitherto from foreign war
– an increasing prospect of the continuance of that exemption
– the great degree of internal tranquility we have enjoyed
– the recent confirmation of that tranquility by the suppression of an insurrection which so wantonly threatened it
– the happy course of public affairs in general
– the unexampled prosperity of all classes of our citizens; are circumstances which peculiarly mark our situation with indications of the Divine beneficence towards us.
In such a state of things it is, in an especial manner, our duty as people,
with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God and to implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experience.
Deeply penetrated with this sentiment,
I, George Washington, President of the United States, do recommend to all religious societies and denominations, and to all persons whomsoever, within the United States,
to set apart and observe Thursday, the nineteenth day of February next, as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer:
and on that day to meet together and render their sincere and hearty thanks to the great Ruler of nations for the manifold and signal mercies which distinguish our lot as a nation.
particularly for the possession of constitutions of government which unite and, by their union, establish liberty with order; for the preservation of peace, foreign and domestic;
and for the seasonable control, which has been given to a spirit of disorder, in the suppression of the late insurrection; and generally for the prosperous course of our affairs, public and private;
and, at the same time, humbly and fervently to beseech the kind Author of these blessings, graciously to prolong them to us
– to imprint on our hearts a deep and solemn sense of our obligations to Him for them
– to teach us rightly to estimate their immense value
– to preserve us from the arrogance of prosperity and from hazarding the advantages we enjoy by delusive pursuits
– to dispose us to merit the continuance of His favors by not abusing them, by our gratitude for them, and by a correspondent conduct as citizens and as men
– to render this country, more and more, a propitious asylum for the unfortunate of other countries
– to extend among us true and useful knowledge
– to diffuse and establish habits of sobriety, order, morality, and piety
– and, finally, to impart all blessings we possess or ask for ourselves, to the whole family of mankind.
In testimony whereof, I have caused the seal of the United States of America, to be affixed to these presents, and signed the same with my hand.
Done, at the city of Philadelphia, the first day of January, 1795, and of the independence of the United States of America, the nineteenth.
President of the United States
EDMUND RANDOLPH, Secretary of State.
Samuel Adams - 02/28/1795
Samuel Adams (1722-1803); Samuel Adams was a leader in the opposition to the acts by British Parliament which precipitated the American Revolution; he formed Boston’s Committee of Correspondence in 1772; was a member of the Continental Congress (1774-81) where he signed the Declaration of Independence (1776); he helped draft the Articles of Confederation (1777); was a delegate to the Massachusetts constitutional convention (1779-80); served as president of the Massachusetts senate (1781); was a member of the state convention to ratify the Federal Constitution (1788); Lieutenant-Governor of Massachusetts (1789-94); and Governor of Massachusetts (1794- 97). He is justly titled both the “Firebrand of the Revolution” and “The Father of the American Revolution” for his important leadership in the cause of American independence.
This is the text of Samuel Adams' February 28, 1795 proclamation, issued while he was Massachusetts Governor:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
By the Governor
For a Day of PUBLIC FASTING, HUMILIATION and PRAYER
"THE supreme Ruler of the Universe, having been pleased, in the course of his Providence, to establish the Independence of the United States of America, and to cause them to assume their rank, amount the nations of the Earth, and bless them with Liberty, Peace and Plenty;
we ought to be led by Religious feelings of Gratitude; and to walk before Him, in all Humility, according to his most Holy Law.-But, as the depravity of our Hearts has, in so many instances drawn us aside from the path of duty, so that we have frequently offended our Divine and Merciful Benefactor;
it is therefore highly incumbent on us, according to the ancient and laudable practice of our pious Ancestors, to open the year by a public and solemn Fast.-That with true repentance and contrition of Heart,
we may unitedly implore the forgiveness of our Sins,
through the merits of Jesus Christ, and humbly supplicate our Heavenly Father,
to grant us the aids of his Grace,
for the amendment of our Hearts and Lives, and vouchsafe his smiles upon our temporal concerns:
I HAVE therefore thought fit to appoint, and with the advice and consent of the Council, I do hereby appoint Thursday, the Second Day of April next, to be observed as a Day of Public Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer throughout this Commonwealth:
-Calling upon the Ministers of the Gospel, of every Denomination, with their respective Congregations, to assemble on that Day, and devoutly implore the Divine forgiveness of our Sins,
-To pray that the Light of the Gospel, and the rights of Conscience, may be continued to the people of United America; and that his Holy Word may be improved by them, so that the name of God may be exalted, and their own Liberty and Happiness secured.
-That he would be graciously pleased to bless our Federal Government; that by a wise administration, it may be a sure guide and safe protection in national concerns, for the people who have established, and who support it-That He would continue to us the invaluable Blessings of Civil Liberty;
guarding us against intestine commotions; and enabling the United States, in the exercise of such Governmental powers, as are devolved upon them, so that the honor and dignity of our Nation, upon the Sea and the Land, may be supported, and Peace with the other Powers of the World, upon safe and honorable terms, may be maintained.
That he would direct the administration of our Federal and State Governments, so that the lives, liberties and property of all the Citizens, and the just rights of the People, as Men and Citizens, may be forever acknowledged, and at all times defended, by Constitutions, founded upon equal rights; and by good and wholesome Laws, wisely and judiciously administered and duly executed.
That he would enable Legislators and Magistrates of this Commonwealth, to discharge the important duties incumbent on them, that the People may have good reason to feel themselves happy and safe, and lead quiet and peaceable lives in all Godliness and Honesty.
That he would incline the Natives of the Wilderness, to listen to reasonable offers of Peace, that tranquility and security may be established on the Frontiers Of our Country;-That he would graciously regard the Lives and Health of the People of this and our sister States, and preserve them from contagious and wasting diseases:
To crown the ensuing Year with Plenty and Prosperity, by his blessing on our Husbandry, our Fisheries, our Commerce, and all the labor of our Hands-to affect our minds with a sense of our entire dependence upon Him, and of his great goodness towards us, that when we may present ourselves before Him, at the close of the Year, with our thank-offerings, our Hearts may by his grace, be prepared to do it in a manner acceptable to Him.
That He would be graciously pleased to establish the French Republic, and prosper others who are contending for the Rights of Men, and dispose all Nations to favor the same principles , and return to Peace and Friendship.
That He would in his great Mercy, remember the unhappy state of our Fellow-Citizens and others, who are groaning under bondage, in a foreign Land.
That He would soften the Hearts of those who have led them captive, inclining that People to show them favor during their Captivity, and in His own due time open a door for their relief:
-And finally, that He would over-rule all the confusions that are in the Earth, of the speedy establishment of the Redeemer's Kingdom, which consisteth in Righteousness and Peace.
And I do recommend to the People of this Commonwealth, to abstain from all unnecessary Labor and Recreation on the said Day.
GIVEN at the Council-Chamber, in Boston, this Twenty-eighth Day of February, in the Year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety-five, and in the Nineteenth Year of the Independence of the United States of America.
Attest: John Avery, jun. Secretary
GOD save the COMMONWEALTH of MASSACHUSETTS!
Proclamation- Thanksgiving Day- 1795, MassachusettsSamuel Adams - 10/14/1795This is the text of a Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise issued by Samuel Adams (Signer of the Declaration of Independence), while he was serving as governor of Massachusetts. The proclamation was issued on October 14, 1795 declaring November 19, 1795 the day of Thanksgiving.
Published by Authority.Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
By the GOVERNOR:A PROCLAMATIONFor a DAY of PUBLIC THANKSGIVING andPRAISE.
Forasmuch as the occasional meeting of a People for the exercise of Piety and Devotion towards God, more especially of those who enjoy the Light of Divine Revelation, has a strong tendency to impress their minds with a sense of their Dependence upon Him and their Obligations to HIM.
I have thought fit, according to the ancient and laudable Practice of our renowned Ancestors, to appoint a day of Public Thanksgiving to God, for the great benefits which He has been pleased to bestow upon us, in the Year past. And I do by the advice and consent of the Council, appoint THURSDAY, the Nineteenth day of November next, to be observed as a DAY of PUBLIC THANKSGIVING and PRAISE throughout this Commonwealth: Calling upon the Ministers of the Gospel of all Denominations, with their respective Congregations to assemble on that Day, to offer to God, their unfeigned [sic] Gratitude, for his great Goodness to the People of the United States in general, and of this Commonwealth in particular.
More especially in that he hath in his Good Providence united the several States under a National Compact, formed by themselves, whereby they may defend themselves against external Enemies, and maintain Peace and Harmony with each other.
That internal Tranquility hath been continued within this Commonwealth; and that the voice of Health is so generally heard in the habitations of the People.
That the Earth has yielded her increase, so that the Labors of our industrious Husbandmen have been abundantly crowned with Plenty.
That our Fisheries have been so far prospered.—Our Trade notwithstanding obstructions it has met with, has yet been profitable to us, and the works of our Hands have been established.
That while other Nations have been involved in War, attended with an uncommon profusion of Human Blood, we in the course of Divine Providence, have been preserved from so grievous a Calamity, and have enjoyed so great a measure of the Blessing of Peace.
And I do recommend that together with our Thanksgiving, humble Prayer may be offered to God, that we may be enabled, by the subsequent obedience of our Hearts and Manners, to testify the sincerity of our professions of Gratitude, in the sight of God and Man; and thus be prepared for the Reception of future Divine Blessings.
That God would be pleased to Guide and Direct the Administration of the Federal Government, and those of the several States, in Union, so that the whole People may continue to be safe and happy in the Constitutional enjoyment of their Rights, Liberties and Privileges and our Governments be greatly respected at Home and Abroad.
And while we rejoice in the Blessing of Health bestowed upon us, we would sympathize with those of our Sister States, who are visited with a Contagious and Mortal Disease; and fervently supplicate the Father of Mercies, that they may speedily be restored to a state of Health and Prosperity.
That He would in His abundant Mercy regard our Fellow Citizen and others, who are groaning under abject Slavery, in Algiers, and direct the most effectual measure for their speedy Relief.
That He would graciously be pleased to put an end to all Tyranny and Usurpation, that the People who are under the Yoke of Oppression, may be made free; and that the Nations who are contending for Freedom may still be secured by His Almighty Aid, and enabled under His influence, to complete wise Systems of Civil Government, founded in the equal Rights of Man, and calculated to establish their permanent Security and Welfare.
And Finally, that the Peaceful and Glorious Reign of our Divine Redeemer, may be known and enjoyed throughout the whole Family of Mankind.
And I do recommend to the People of this Commonwealth, to abstain from all such Labor and Recreation, as may not be consistent with the Solemnity of the said Day.
GIVEN at the Council-Chamber, in Boston, the fourteenth Day of October, in the Year of our LORD, One Thousand seven Hundred and Ninety-five, and in the Twentieth Year of the Independence of the United States of America.
JOHN AVERY, jun. Sec’ry.
GOD save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts!
Proclamation - Fasting and Prayer - 1798John Adams - 03/23/1798
This is the text of President John Adams' March 23, 1798 national Fasting and Prayer proclamation; as printed in the The Phenix/Windham Herald, April 12, 1798.
By the President of the United States of America
AS the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God; and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him,
but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety, without which social happiness cannot exist, nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed; and as this duty, at all times incumbent, is so especially in seasons of difficulty and of danger, when existing or threatening calamities, the just judgments of God against prevalent iniquity are a loud call to repentance and reformation; and as the United States of America are at present placed in a hazardous and afflictive situation, by the unfriendly disposition, conduct and demands of a foreign power, evinced by repeated refusals to receive our messengers of reconciliation and peace, by depredations on our commerce, and the infliction of injuries on very many of our fellow citizens, while engaged in their lawful business on the seas: —Under these considerations it has appeared to me that the duty of imploring the mercy and benediction of Heaven on our country, demands at this time a special attention from its inhabitants.
I HAVE therefore thought it fit to recommend, that Wednesday, the 9th day of May next be observed throughout the United States, as a day of Solemn Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer; That the citizens of these states, abstaining on that day from their customary worldly occupations, offer their devout addresses to the Father of Mercies, agreeably to those forms or methods which they have severally adopted as the most suitable and becoming: That all religious congregations do, with the deepest humility, acknowledge before GOD the manifold sins and transgressions with which we are justly chargeable as individuals and as a nation; beseeching him, at the same time, of his infinite Grace, through the Redeemer of the world, freely to remit all our offences, and to incline us, by his holy spirit, to that sincere repentance and reformation which may afford us reason to hope for his inestimable favor and heavenly benediction; That it be made the subject of particular and earnest supplication, that our country may be protected from all the dangers which threaten it; that our civil and religious privileges may be preserved inviolate, and perpetuated to the latest generations; that our public councils and magistrates may be especially enlightened and directed at this critical period; that the American people may be united in those bonds of amity and mutual confidence, and inspired with that vigor and fortitude by which they have in times past been so highly distinguished, and by which they have obtained such invaluable advantages: That the health of the inhabitants of our land may be preserved, and their agriculture, commerce, fisheries, arts and manufactures be blessed and prospered: That the principles of genuine piety and sound morality may influence the minds and govern the lives of every description of our citizens; and that the blessings of peace, freedom, and pure religion, may be speedily extended to all the nations of the earth.
And finally I recommend, that on the said day; the duties of humiliation and prayer be accompanied by fervent Thanksgiving to the bestower of every good gift, not only for having hitherto protected and preserved the people of these United States in the independent enjoyment of their religious and civil freedom, but also for having prospered them in a wonderful progress of population, and for conferring on them many and great favours conducive to the happiness and prosperity of a nation.
Given under my hand and seal of the United States of America, at Philadelphia, this twenty-third day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight, and of the Independence of the said States the twenty-second.
JOHN ADAMSBy the President,TIMOTHY PICKERING, Secretary of State
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