The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God… I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863.
Fun fact: Sarah Josepha Hale, editor and writer of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” campaigned for a national day of thanksgiving. She wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln on September 28, 1863, which apparently worked. Yay!
Have a fantastic Thanksgiving!