“…I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow citizens wherever they may then be as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to Almighty God the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe. And I do farther recommend to my fellow citizens aforesaid that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the Great Disposer of events for a turn of the inestimable blessings of Peace, Union and Harmony throughout the land, which it has pleased him to assign as a dwelling place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.”
–Thanksgiving proclamation, October 20, 1864
From my house to yours, may you have a restful and joyful Thanksgiving Day!
from The Wit And Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln: A Book of Quotations, edited by Bob Blaisdell
The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln Volume 8, Roy P. Basler, editor. The Abraham Lincoln Association, Springfield, Illinois, and New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. 1953-1955.