A weblog by Will Fitzgerald

First mention: Thanksgiving

To-day, has been set apart by the State and City authorities as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the mercies which have marked the closing year. It will, according to custom, be generally observed. We have all had abundant occasions for gratitude to God for blessings received at His hands. It is well to make public recognition of His goodness, and public acknowledgement of our dependencies upon Him for life and breath and all things.

1851 article in the New York Times (no author given), noting the ‘generally observed’ holiday, which would become a nationally observed with Lincoln’s 1863 proclamation.


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