Thanksgiving

Time out of mind at this turn of the seasons when the hard oak leaves rustle in the wind and the frost gives a tang to the air and the dusk falls early and the friendly evenings lengthen under the heel of Orion, it has seemed good to our people to join together in praising the Creator and Preserver, who has brought us by a way that we did not know to the end of another year. In observance of this custom, I appoint Thursday, the twenty-sixth of November, as a day of Public Thanksgiving for the blessings that have been our common lot and have placed our beloved State with the favored regions of the earth–for all the creature comforts: the yield of the soil that has fed us and the richer yield from labor of every kind that has sustained our lives–and for all those things, as dear as breath to the body, that quicken man’s faith in his manhood, that nourish and strength his spirit to do the great work still before him: for the brotherly word and act; for honor held above price; for steadfast courage and zeal in the long, long search after truth; for liberty and for justice freely granted by each to his fellow so as freely enjoyed; and for the crowning glory and mercy of peace upon our land;–that we may humbly take heart of the blessings as we gather once against with solemn and festive rites to keep our Harvest Home.

–Wilber L. Cross, seventy-first governor of Connecticut

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