Information - Mrs. Hale and President Lincoln
the years I have tried to get someone, anyone, to read President
Lincoln's proclamation on national TV. I had high hopes I could
convince President Bush #43, him being a Christian and all that.
can't remember when I started or who I have contacted, since I
learned the truth about 1995. I have even twittered Sarah Palin and
some of the Tea Party winners this year.
do I even bother when it appears most people could care less? I
was not until fairly recently I learned about Mrs. Hale. Maybe that
is why. It is the hope of victory for a righteous thing, to
acknowledge God as a nation, for his many blessings.
do not think President Lincoln ever properly acknowledged Sarah
did not go well for all the other elected Presidents that ignored
her. So, when you get to the "It has seemed to me fit and
proper" you should pause and think upon that.
note, there seem to be "typos", I reproduce them here,
because that is the way I found them. I try not to change things
just because I think it is "best". When I can lay my hands
on the original documents, then I will.
has seemed to me", John Brown, "fit and proper" to
acknowledge Sarah Josepha Hale.
your child sings her ditty, Mary Had a Little Lamb, let that song
bring remembrance of this:
J. Hale to Abraham Lincoln, Monday, September 28, 1863
Sarah J. Hale to Abraham Lincoln1, September 28, 1863
Sept. 28th 1863.
me, as Editress of the "Lady's Book", to request a few
precious time, while laying before you a subject of deep interest
myself and -- as I trust -- even to the President of our Republic,
importance. This subject is to have the day of our annual
made a National and fixed Union Festival.
may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an
interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on
same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and
fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom
are three papers (being printed these are easily read) which
make the idea and its progress clear and show also the popularity
the last fifteen years I have set forth this idea in the "Lady's
and placed the papers before the Governors of all the States and
-- also I have sent these to our Ministers abroad, and our
to the heathen -- and commanders in the Navy. From the
I have received, uniformly the most kind approval. Two of
letters, one from Governor (now General) Banks and one from
Morgan2 are enclosed; both gentlemen as you will see, have
aided to bring about the desired Thanksgiving Union.
I find there are obstacles not possible to be overcome without
aid -- that each State should, by statute, make it
on the Governor to appoint the last Thursday of November,
as Thanksgiving Day; -- or, as this way would require years to
realized, it has ocurred to me that a proclamation from the
the United States would be the best, surest and most fitting method
have written to my friend, Hon. Wm. H. Seward, and requested him to
with President Lincoln on this subject As the President of the
States has the power of appointments for the District of Columbia
the Territories; also for the Army and Navy and all American
abroad who claim protection from the U. S. Flag -- could he
with right as well as duty, issue his proclamation for a Day of
Thanksgiving for all the above classes of persons?
would it not be fitting and patriotic for him to appeal to the
of all the States, inviting and commending these to unite in
proclamations for the last Thursday in November as the Day of
for the people of each State?
the great Union Festival of America would be established.
the purpose of this letter is to entreat President Lincoln to put
his Proclamation, appointing the last Thursday in November (which
this year on the 26th) as the National Thanksgiving for all those
of people who are under the National Government particularly,
commending this Union Thanksgiving to each State Executive: thus, by
noble example and action of the President of the United States, the
and unity of our Great American Festival of Thanksgiving
be forever secured.
immediate proclamation would be necessary, so as to reach all the
in season for State appointments, also to anticipate the early
the liberty I have taken
of the "Ladys Book"
the President of the United States of America.
year that is drawing towards its close has been filled with the
of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties,
are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source
which they come, others have been added, which are of so
a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften
the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful
of Almighty God.
the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which
sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their
peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been
the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has
everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while
theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and
of the Union.
diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful
to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the
or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our
and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious
have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.
has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has
made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country,
in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is
to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these
things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who,
dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless
has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly,
and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice
the whole American People.
do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United
and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in
lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November
as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who
in the Heavens.
I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly
to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also,
humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience,
to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans,
or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are
engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the
Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon
may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of
harmony, tranquility and Union.
testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal
United States to be affixed.
at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year
our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the
of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.