Wednesday, November 25, 2009


The State of Delaware, Executive Department.

Because of the growing tendency to regard the day set apart for prayer and thanksgiving,as a day for indulgence in riotous living and worldly sports, contrary to the spirit in which the custom originated, many good people are beginning to consider the propriety of its discontinuance unless its observation should come to be characterized, as in times of gone by, with the sentiment of true devotion. Every day should be a day in which praise and thanksgiving should ascend from every human heart to God, the author and giver of all good. But in accordance with the established custom in this State, and in conformity with the proclamation of the President of the United States, I, ROBERT J. REYNOLDS, GOVERNOR of the State of Delaware, DO HEREBY SET APART: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER THIRTIETH, INSTANT: as a day of THANKSGIVING to Almighty God for His many good and perfect gifts bestowed upon us during the past year; and do most earnestly recommend that, on that day, the people of this State lay aside all secular occupations and in such a manner as their consciences may dictate, offer to God their reverent thanksgiving for all His mercies and pray for a continuance of Devine favor.
In Testimony Whereof. I have hereunto set my hand and caused the great seal of the State of Delaware to be hereunto affixed st Dover, this seventh day of November, in the year of out Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety three, and of the independence of the United States, the one hundred and eighteenth.
By the Governor: ROBERT J. REYNOLDS
JOHN D. HAWKIS, Secretary of State {SEAL}

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