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Grateful…

“The Prayer at Valley Forge” by Arnold Friberg

“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor–and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me ‘to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.’

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be–That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions–to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.” George Washington, 1789

See: Original Thanksgiving Day Proclamation by George Washington

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Providence, Thanksgiving

 

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Hand down your Religion…

“Reviewing the Troops” by Jack E. Dawson

“In return for your kind concern for my temporal and eternal happiness, permit me to assure you that my wishes are reciprocal; and that you may be enabled to hand down your Religion pure and undefiled to a Posterity worthy of their Ancestors is the prayer of, Gentlemen, your most obedient servant.” George Washington

Source: George Washington to the Minister, Elders, and Deacons of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in Kingston, Nov. 16, 1782, The Writings of George Washington, 25:346-347

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2012 in Letters

 

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Happiness…

“Turtle and Lobster Back” by Frank Godwin

“And the consideration, that human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected, will always continue to prompt me to promote the progress of the former by inculcating the practice of the latter.” George Washington in a letter, dated August 19, 1789 “To the Bishops, Clergy, and Laity of the Protestant Episcopal church in the States of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, in general Convention assembled.”

Read: The American Turtle

More on the First Submarine: David Bushnell’s American Turtle

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Advice, Letters

 

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Foreign influence is…

“Washington at the Battle of Harlem Plains” by John Ward Dunsmore

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens,) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove, that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796

 

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I earnestly pray…

“I earnestly pray that the Omnipotent Being who hath not deserted the cause of America in the hour of its extremest hazard; will never yield so fair a heritage of freedom a prey to Anarchy or Despotism.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s letter to James McHenry, July 1, 1788

Spotlight on a heritage: George Washington Inn, Mount Vernon “West”

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Prayer

 

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My mother was…

Washington’s Farewell To His Mother

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” George Washington

View: Mary Ball Washington: The Life and Legacy of the “Grandmother of our Country”

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Remembrance

 

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If new difficulties arise…

“The Engagement between the Surveillante and HMS Quebec” by George Carter

“This stroke is severe indeed, and has distressed us much. But, notwithstanding things at present have a dark and gloomy aspect, I hope a spirited opposition will check the progress of General Burgoyne’s army, and that the confidence derived from his success will lead him into measures that will, in their consequences be favorable to us. We should never despair, our position has before been unpromising, and has changed for the better; so, I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new exertions, and proportion our efforts to the exigency of the times.” George Washington

Source: George Washington’s Letter to Major General Philip Schulyer, July 15, 1777

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Letters

 

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