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LINCOLN  2'2m?f Abe Lincoln makes Thanksgiving a holiday

ANNOUNCER -- Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United 
States. (motions for audience to rise)

LINCOLN -- (enters) Please, be seated. (crosses to podium, 
reads) It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to owe 
their dependence upon the overruling power of God. To confess 
their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured 
hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon. And 
to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy 
Scriptures--and proven by all history--that those nations are 
blessed whose God is the Lord.

We know that by His divine law, nations like individuals are 
subject to punishments and chastisements in this world. May we 
not justify fear that the awful calamity of Civil War, which now 
desolates the land, may be a punishment inflicted upon us for 
our presumptuous sins--to the needful end of our national 
reformation as a whole people?

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. 
We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity. 
We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation 
has ever grown.

But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand 
which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and 
strengthened us. And we have vainly imagined in the 
deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were 
produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too 
self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and 
preserving grace--too proud to pray to the God that made us.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that God 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 as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our 
benevolent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. (exits)

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