Delaware Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1858

In the name and by the authority of the State of Delaware, Peter F. Causey, Governor of the said State:

Fellow citizens:

It is but a just tribute of a grateful people to offer thanks to an Almighty Providence for the many and signal blessings which have been extended to them and for the watchful care which has guarded and protected them as a nation.

Our people and nation are among the most favored of the earth, in many respects we are the “peculiar people” of God’s Providence; liberty in its best and truest sense is the inheritance of every citizen, and our growth and progress are without a parallel in the history of the world; flourishing towns and villages now stand where but a short time since the wilderness held undisputed sway; and the noise of machinery and the hum of industry have displaced the silence of the forest — older nations are astonished at our rapid advancement and we are already recognized and respected as one of the most important powers of the earth.

Amid the blessings which have so signally marked the progress of our common country, our own State has received her share; pestilence and famine are unknown within her borders;a bountiful return repays the labor of the husbandman; our people are contended, prosperous and happy. In view of these blessings, and in conformity with established usage and the wishes of many citizens,

I, Peter F. Causey, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby recommend Thursday, the twenty-fifth instant, as a day of General Thanksgiving and Praise throughout the State, and request the people, that, abstaining from all worldly occupations, they assemble in their respective places of worship, and give most humble and hearty thanks to Him who holds in his hand the destinies of nations as of individuals.

Given under my hand and the great seal of the State of Delaware, at Dover, this ninth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-eight, and of the Independence of the said State, the eighty-third.

P. F. Causey

By the Governor.
J. R. Lofland, Secretary of State.

 

Peter F. Causey was a native of Bridgeville, a Methodist, and a prohibitionist who was elected governor on the American Party ticket.

Peter F. Causey was a native of Bridgeville, a Methodist, and a prohibitionist who was elected governor on the American Party ticket.

– Chris Slavens

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