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    By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

    Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

    Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be-- That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation--for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war--for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted--for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

    and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions-- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually--to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed--to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord--To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us--and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

    Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

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    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 unequalled 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 consciousness 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 United States the Eighty-eighth.

    By the President: Abraham Lincoln

    William H. Seward,
    Secretary of State

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    SCONES:

    3 cups All-Purpose Flour
    1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
    1 tbs Baking Powder
    1 tsp Kosher Salt
    1 tbs Orange Zest
    1 cup Whole Fresh Cranberries
    1/2 cup Butter, Cold
    1 cup Buttermilk

    WASH:

    1 Egg
    1 tbs Water

    GLAZE:

    1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
    1 tbs cream
    1 tbs Orange Juice

    SCONES:

    Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, kosher salt, and orange zest.

    Toss in the cranberries and stir for a minute to coat them with the flour.

    Cut the butter into the flour mixture until coarse crumbles form

    Pour in the buttermilk and incorporate it gently using a sturdy rubber spatula or wooden spoon.

    Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and pat it out to about 3/4 “ thickness.

    Make a circle with the dough and then slice it like a pie.

    Lightly beat together the egg and water and then brush the tops of the scones.

    Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet about an inch apart.

    Bake for 12-14 minutes.

    GLAZE:

    Mix together the powdered sugar, milk, and orange juice until smooth.
    Drizzle the glaze over each scone



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    I have fallen in love with American names,
    The sharp names that never get fat,
    The snakeskin-titles of mining-claims,
    The plumed war-bonnet of Medicine Hat,
    Tucson and Deadwood and Lost Mule Flat.

    Seine and Piave are silver spoons,
    But the spoonbowl-metal is thin and worn,
    There are English counties like hunting-tunes
    Played on the keys of a postboy's horn,
    But I will remember where I was born.

    I will remember Carquinez Straits,
    Little French Lick and Lundy's Lane,
    The Yankee ships and the Yankee dates
    And the bullet-towns of Calamity Jane.
    I will remember Skunktown Plain.

    I will fall in love with a Salem tree
    And a rawhide quirt from Santa Cruz,
    I will get me a bottle of Boston sea
    And a blue-gum nigger to sing me blues.
    I am tired of loving a foreign muse.

    Rue des Martyrs and Bleeding-Heart-Yard,
    Senlis, Pisa, and Blindman's Oast,
    It is a magic ghost you guard
    But I am sick for a newer ghost,
    Harrisburg, Spartanburg, Painted Post.

    Henry and John were never so
    And Henry and John were always right?
    Granted, but when it was time to go
    And the tea and the laurels had stood all night,
    Did they never watch for Nantucket Light?

    I shall not rest quiet in Montparnasse.
    I shall not lie easy at Winchelsea.
    You may bury my body in Sussex grass,
    You may bury my tongue at Champmedy.
    I shall not be there. I shall rise and pass.
    Bury my heart at Wounded Knee.

    -Stephen Vincent Benet

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