Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Governor William Bradford’s Thanksgiving Proclamation:


Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian
corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests
to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has
protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and
disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own
conscience.

Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye
little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in
the day time, on Thursday, November 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand
six hundred and twenty-three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye
Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty
God for all His blessings.
–William Bradford
Ye Governor of Ye Colony