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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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Arbitrary power is…

Pulling Down the Statue of King George III, 1848

Pulling Down the Statue of King George III, 1848 by Johannes Adam Oertel (Collection of the NY Historical Society) “It is only in our united Character as an Empire, that our Independence is acknowledged, that our power can be regarded, or our Credit supported among Foreign Nations. The Treaties of the European Powers with the United States of America, will have no validity on a dissolution of the Union. We shall be left nearly in a state of Nature, or we may find by our own unhappy experience, that there is a natural and necessary progression, from the extreme of anarchy to the extreme of Tyranny; and that arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of Liberty abused to licentiousness.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s Circular to the States

Recent News: Long-Toppled Statue of King George III to Ride Again

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Letters

 

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It would be improper to omit…

"Battle of Guilford Courthouse - March 15, 1781" by Don Troiani

It would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed in its administration, to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own; nor those of my fellow-citizens at large, less than either: No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.

Discover: The Importance of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse

Read: George Washington’s First Inaugural Speech

 

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2012 in Inaugural Speech

 

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I can promise nothing but…

"Domain of Three Nations" by John Buxton

“In executing the duties of my present important station, I can promise nothing but purity of intentions, and, in carrying these into effect, fidelity and diligence.” George Washington

The Story Behind the Painting

Tension between England and France had been building. This prompted the Government of Virginia to send an enthusiastic twenty-one year old, Major George Washington, to deliver a polite but forceful request to the French to leave the Ohio Valley. After a hard and frigid journey, the young Major reached his destination. With the confidence of youth, George Washington presented the English request to the French commander at Ft. LeBoeuf. In this painting, the French officers are gathered to translate the virtues of both the message and the messenger. As the two nations begin the contest of dominion, shadows of the third nation are looming ominously in both this doorway and in both nations’ futures. (Courtesy of Mountain Gull Trading Co.)

A Hymn by Charles Wesley: A Charge to Keep I Have

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Letters

 

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The bosom of America…

Evacuation Day – George Washington’s Triumphal Entry into New York City by E. P. and L. Restein

The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent and respectable stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment. George Washington

Read: A Model of Christian Charity by Governor John Winthrop

Watch: Godly Minds, Bold Hearts – a short preview of a book by K. L. Kraemer

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Other Speeches

 

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