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President George Washington proclaims Thursday, February 19th as a day of Thanksgiving and prayer

President George Washington proclaims Thursday, February 19th as a day of Thanksgiving and prayer

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Setting aside the nineteenth of February as a day of "Public Thanksgiving and Prayer." Compare to other Thanksgiving broadsides: Adams, GLC00270 and GLC01947.
Setting aside the nineteenth of February as a day of "Public Thanksgiving and Prayer." Compare to other Thanksgiving broadsides: Adams, GLC00270 and GLC01947.

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George Washington [Proclamation for day of Thanksgiving and prayer]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1 January 1795.Broadside [printed], 1 page.By The President of the UnitedStates of America,
A. Proclamation.
WHEN we review the calamities which afflict so many other nations, the presentcondition of the United States affords much matter of consolation and satisfaction. Our exemption hitherto from foreign war – an increasing prospect of the continuance of theexemption – 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 – thehappy course of our public affairs in general – the unexampled prosperity of all classes of our citizens, are circumstances which particularly mark our situation with indications of the DivineBenificence towards us. In such a state of things it is, in an especial manner, our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and greatobligations to Almighty God, and to implore him to continue and confirm the blessings weexperience.Deeply penetrated with this sentiment, I GEORGE WASHINGTON, President of theUnited States, do recommend to all religious societies and denominations, and to all personswhomsoever within the United States, to set apart and observe Thursday the nineteenth day of February the 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 andsignal 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 our peace foreign and domestic – for the seasonable controul which has beengiven 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 ferventlyto beseech the Kind Author of these blessings, graciously to prolong them to us – to imprint onour hearts a deep and solemn sense of our obligations to him for them – to teach us rightly to
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