Happy Thanksgiving


Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation seems to me to be very appropriate this week.

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. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

A Happy and Peaceful Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  • In his 1864 Thanksgiving proclamation Lincoln says:

    ” It has also pleased our Heavenly Father to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their camps and our sailors on the rivers and seas with unusual health. He has largely augmented our free population by emancipation and by immigration…”
    A useful reminder that immigration is a fundamental American value and a blessing bestowed by Heaven.

  • Kevin,

    Accept my wishes for you and yours to have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and thank you for providing a forum in which intellectualism and seriousness are as welcome as an extra slice of pumpkin pie.


  • Love the turkey.


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