This it the text of President Ulysses
S. Grant October 23, 1871 national Thanksgiving Proclamation; as printed in the
Painesville Telegraph, November 2, 1871.
Proclamation by the
procession of the seasons has again enabled the husbandman to garner the fruits
of successful toil. Industry has been generally well awarded. We are at peace with
all nations, and tranquility, with few exceptions, prevails at home. Within the
past year we have in the main been free from the ills which elsewhere have
affected our kind.
some of us have had calamities, there should be an occasion for sympathy with
the sufferers, of resignation on their part to the will of the Most High, and
of rejoicing to the many who have been more favored.
therefore recommend that on Thursday, the 30th day of November next, the people
meet in their respective places of worship, and there make the usual
acknowledgments to Almighty God for the blessings he has conferred upon them;
for their merciful exemption from evil, and invoke His protection and kindness
for their less fortunate brethren whom, in His wisdom he has deemed it best to
witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United
States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington this twenty-eighth day of
October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy one,
and of the Independence of the United States of America the ninety-sixth.
Fish, Secretary of State