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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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Few people know…

"Revolutionary War Harbor Scene" by Edgar Spier Cameron

“The reflection on my situation, and that of this Army, produces many an unhappy hour, when all around me are wrapped in sleep. Few people know the predicament we are in, on a thousand accounts; fewer, still, will believe, if any disaster happens to these lines, from what cause it flows. I have often thought, how much happier I should have been, if, instead of accepting the command under such circumstances, I had taken my musket on my shoulder and entered the ranks; or, if I could have justified the measure to posterity and my own conscience, had retired to the back country and lived in a wigwam. If I shall be able to rise superior to these and many other difficulties which might be enumerated, I shall most religiously believe that the finger of Providence is in it, to blind the eyes of our enemies; for, surely, if we get well through this month, it must be for want of their knowing the disadvantages we labour under.” George Washington, Letter to Joseph Reed, January 14,1776

Source: Letter from General Washington to Joseph Reed

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Letters

 

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I now exist in the land of the living by…

"Washington As Captain In The French And Indian War" by Junius Brutus Stearns

“As I have heard since my arriv’l at this place, a circumstantial acct. of my death and dying speech, I take this early oppertunity of contradicting both, and of assuring you that I now exist and appear in the land of the living by the miraculous care of Providence, that protected me beyond all human expectation; I had 4 Bullets through my Coat, and two Horses shot under me, and yet escaped unhurt.“ George Washington, Letter to John Augustine Washington, July 18, 1755

Source: The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources

Read: Bulletproof The French and Indian War: Account of a British Officer

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2012 in Letters

 

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See the wondrous works…

“Battle of Trenton” by H. Charles McBarron, Jr.

“Victory was their smallest expectation, but see the wondrous works of Providence! the
uncertainty of Human things!” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s References to God and Religion

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Letters

 

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For me, it is enough…

"Bunker Hill - Fight at the Rail Fence" by John Ward Dunsmore

“For me, it is enough to have seen the divine Arm visibly outstretched for our deliverance, and to have received the approbation of my Country, and my Conscience, on account of my humble instrumentality in carrying the designs of Providence into effect.” George Washington

Read: Providence and the Invention of the United States, 1607-1876

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The determinations of Providence…

“Bunker Hill – 1775” by Don Troiani

“The determinations of Providence are always wise, often inscrutable; and, though its decrees appear to bear hard upon us at times, is nevertheless meant for gracious purposes.” George Washington

Source of Quote: George Washington’s Letter to Bryan Fairfax, March 1,1778

Read the Story: The Battle of Bunker Hill

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Letters

 

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I shall rely confidently…

"George Washington" by Rembrandt Peale

“I shall rely therefore, confidently, on that Providence which has heretofore preserved, and been bountiful to me, not doubting but that I shall return safe to you in the fall.” George Washington, Letter to Martha Washington, June 18, 1775

Watch: Fort Ligonier in The French and Indian War

Read: George Washington Remembers: Reflections on the French and Indian War

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Letters

 

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