A message of Hope from Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving during the Civil War. Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving.
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Transcript – Please note, this Transcript is AI Generated. It has not had the discerning ears of a real human to edit it, as such, there are bound to be a few errors
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Hey, everybody, happy Thanksgiving weekend. I hope you’re all well. Everything’s good here at the tingle household. I thought today I would share the actual proclamation of Thanksgiving, delivered by Abraham Lincoln in October of 1863. And the reason I thought I would share it is because Lincoln delivered this proclamation of Thanksgiving at a time when the country was at its lowest spot in the middle of the Civil War. And Lincoln chose that time to deliver this proclamation of gratitude, not for what we don’t have for what we do have. So I thought it would be appropriate at this time and I hope you enjoy it. Please excuse some of the stumbles on the language I haven’t talked in my 1863 vernacular for a long time. So enjoy a proclamation of Thanksgiving by Abraham Lincoln. The year that is drawing to its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies, to these bounties which are so constantly enjoy that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are so extraordinary in nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the Ever Watchful providence of Almighty God in the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which is sometimes seem to foreign states to invite into provoke their aggression. Peace has been preserved with all nations aura has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict. While that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union, needful diversions of wealth and strength from the fields of peaceful industry, to the National Defense have not arrested the plow the shadow or the ship. The axe has enlarged the borders and the mines as well of iron and coal, as of the precious metals have yielded even more abundantly than before, the population has steadily increased, not withstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increases of freedom, no human council have devised nor have any moral hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger, for our sins, have nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. 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 so journeying in foreign lands to set a pot 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 penance, 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 a divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and Union. In testimony whereof, I here set my hand and cause the seal of the United States to be affixed, done at the city of Washington, the third day of October and the year of our Lord 1863 by the President, Abraham Lincoln. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. Thanks for listening. Hope to see you soon.