21 November 2007 by Published in: General musings 7 comments

Washington, D.C., October 3, 1863
By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

2007 has been a very difficult year for Susan and me. I won’t be sorry to see it end. At the same time, I remain thankful for a lot of things:

I am thankful that my father is still alive and doing well after the terrible stroke he had in July. I am thankful that Susan and I are both healthy. I am thankful that we still have Nero and Aurora, even if we lost Augie. I am thankful for the good, brave men and women who defend our liberties here and abroad, and who sacrifice so much to give us the good lives that we lead. I am thankful for having good friends and brothers in arms like J.D., Mike, Steve, Duane and Dr. Dave. I am thankful that George W. Bush will have to vacate the White House in just over a year (a day that cannot come soon enough).

I am thankful for publishers who find sufficient merit in my work to want to continue to work with me. I am extremely thankful for each and every person who spends his or her hard-earned money to purchase one of my books, and who chooses one of my works over someone else’s. And most of all, I am extremely thankful to each and every one of you who takes a few moments out of your day to indulge my rantings. To each and every one of you, I am extremely grateful and humbled that you do so.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, one and all, and safe travels.

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  1. Steve Basic
    Thu 22nd Nov 2007 at 12:59 am


    A few minutes out of our day to indulge your rantings? ๐Ÿ™‚ Spend more time than that, and well worth the time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Glad your Dad continues to recover from his stroke. Hope Susan, the dogs and you have a very Happy Thanksgiving out there in the Buckeye state.

    Thanks for everything Pard, and hope to see you on the CW trail in 2008. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take Care.


  2. Thu 22nd Nov 2007 at 8:24 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! It’s always been my favorite holiday. Tuesday evening I was the guest speaker at the OBX CWRT in Kitty Hawk, NC. In the course of conversation with Roy Archbell, your name came up. He mentioned that they had been graced with your presence in the past and hoped that you might return to the Outer Banks sometime in the future. They were an interesting group of folks and very gracious; I enjoyed spending time with them and wanted to pass along their well wishes to you.

    Andrew Duppstadt

  3. Lanny Thomas Tanton
    Fri 23rd Nov 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Dear Eric,
    And a Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. I am especially glad to read that your Father is doing well.

    Best wishes always,

  4. Ron
    Sun 25th Nov 2007 at 8:34 pm

    Love the site! Just ran across it and I was noticing posts daily…how do you find the time to post such really good info nearly daily? Kudos!

  5. Sun 25th Nov 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks, guys. I hope all of you had a great holiday.

    Ron, it’s not much more than having too much to say and no other outlet for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And thanks for the kind words.


  6. Tue 27th Nov 2007 at 12:26 pm

    My God, he mixed religion with politics!!

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