Monthly Archives: November 2008

Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1777

Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1777

Continental Congress


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:

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 innumeratble 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 on 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 taht together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the pentinent 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 rememberance; 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 taht wisdom and fortitude which they render them fit instruments, under 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 peopel 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.

Sheep Lover’s Blog Club

I’ve been listed under the Horse Blogs for quite a while now, and I do write about my horses every now and then but it seems to me that these sheep are taking over.  So on some of my horsey-blog-friend’s websites there is a little badge in their widgets that says “Horse Lovers” and that got my little gears grinding.  I’ve met more happy sheep owners through blogging and am fascinated with their entries about their little ovine friends.  So I came up with this:


It is my hand scratching my favorite ewe, “Violet,” behind the ear.  I wanted to create this little badge and pass it on to some of my new Sheep Blog Buddies and the only strings attached are that you also pass it on to some of yours, link to them and who passed it to you, and we’ll have a real bonified fire kindled for the Sheep Lover’s Blog Club.  Feel free to fit this smaller size in your widgets if you’re invited into the Sheep Lover’s Blog Club, this way we know who you are.


If it is too big for your sidebar, let me know and I’ll get you a smaller version.

So, on to my Sheep Lover’s Blog Club inductees:

Now go forth, and invite more!  I know there’s a lot of us out there!


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