By the Honourable,
Gurdon Saltonstall, Esq;
GOVERNOUR of His Majesty's Colony of Connnecticut in New-England
For a Publick Thanksgiving
ALTHOUGH Considering the Judgments of GOD, which are on the Earth, in the great Distress & Desolation brought upon many Nations, both by WAR and PESTILENCE.
AND Considering also particularly, the awful Tokens of GOD's Righteous Anger against us, Especially, in the Contagious SICKNESS which has been in divers Places of the Land, and in the continued RAINS, by which great Losses have been sustained, It becomes Us to be deeply Humbled before the LORD.
IT is Nevertheless our Duty to Acknowledge the many Instances of Divine Goodness, which the LORD whose Ways, are not as Ours, has Gratiously vouchsafed Us and which are never to be fogotten. Namely,
The Smiles of Providence on the BRITISH Empire, and particularly, On Our Sovereign Lord the KING, in the Prosperity of His Life and Reign; On Their Royal Highnesses the PRINCE and PRINCESS of Wales, and and on all the Branches of the ROYAL FAMIY, not only in Their Happy Increase, by the BIRTH of the Royal Prince WILLIAM AUGUSTUS but also in the Lives of Others of Them when in Hazard by Sickness, have been Mercifully Spared.
THE PEACE which has been Continued, and Confirmed to Our Nation, after so many Endeavours to interrupt it.
The Preservation of the Britsh Dominions from the raging PESTILENCE, which has laid so many Places waste, within their View, and Neighborhood.
THE General HEALTH that has been Enjoyed in the Land, notwithstanding The SMALLPOX has prevailed so much, in the Principal Place of our Neighboring Province.
THE Preservation of Our COLONY, in so great a Measure from that Contagious Sickness, when We have been in great Danger of It ; The Continuance of Our Priveleges both Civil and Sacred ; The Peace which we have Enjoyed ; And the good Supply of the Fruits of the Earth, which the present Year has been Crowned with.
WHICH are, ( All of them ) Blessings from the LORD, whose Mercy therein We ought to Celebrate with great THANKFULNESS.
I have therefore thought fit, with the Advice and Consent of the Council, and at the Desire of the Representatives, to Appoint, and do hereby Appoint Wednesday, the Eighth Day of November next, to be Observed as a Day of Publick THANKSGIVING throughout the Colony. Exhorting all both Ministers & People, with Unfeigned Devotion, to Bless the Name of the LORD, and Praise Him for all the Wonders of His Goodness ; And, to Beg that the Mercy Which We Adore, may in all the needful Instances thereof be manifested to Us.
And all Servile Labours on the said Day is hereby strickly Prohibited.
Given in New-Haven, the Fourteenth Day of October, Anno Domini 1721, in the Eighth Year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord GEORGE, by the Grace of GOD of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, KING, Defender of the Faith, &c.
GOD Save the KING.
(We are now completely kicking SMALLPOX's behind. So let's be thankful for that!)