Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 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

proclamation-thanksgiving-day-1777-1The 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:


Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the
superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their
obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings
as they stand in need of; and it having pleased him in his abundant mercy not
only to continue to us the innumerable bounties of his common providence, but
also smile upon us in the prosecution of a just and necessary war, for the
defense and establishment of our unalienable rights and liberties; 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,
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; 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, 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; to
inspire our commanders both by land and sea, and all under them, with that
wisdom and fortitude which may render them fit instruments,

proclamation-thanksgiving-day-1777-2under the
providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States the greatest of
all blessings, independence and peace; 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; to take schools and seminaries of education, so
necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety,
under his nurturing hand, 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.

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