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1887 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation Signed By President Grover Cleveland
1887 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation Signed By President Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland (1837 – 1908). Twenty-second and Twenty-fourth President of the United States. Document Signed. October 25, 1887. 2 pages. 8 1/8” x 13”. Printed proclamation recognizing and declaring Thanksgiving Day for “Thursday the twenty-fourth day of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Prayer…” Boldy Signed by Cleveland at the conclusion. Countersigned by Thomas F. Bayard as Secretary of State. A complete transcription follows below. By the President of the United States: The goodness and the mercy of God, which have followed the American people during all the days of the past year claim our grateful recognition and humble acknowledgment. By His omnipotent power He has protected us from war and pestilence and from every national calamity; by His gracious favor the earth has yielded a generous return to the labor of the husbandman, and every path of honest toil has led to comfort and contentment; by His loving kindness the hearts of our people have been replenished with fraternal sentiment and patriotic endeavor, and by His Fatherly guidance we have been directed in the way of national prosperity. To the end that we may with one accord testify our gratitude for all these blessings, I, Grover Cleveland, President of the United States, do hereby designate and set apart Thursday, the twenty-fourth day of November next as a day of Thanksgiving and Prayer, to be observed by all the people of the land. On the day let all secular work and employment be suspended; and let our people assemble in their accustomed places of worship and with prayer and songs of praise, give thanks to our Heavenly Father for all that He has done for us while we implore the forgiveness of our sins and a continuance of His mercy. Let families and kindred be reunited on that day and let their hearts, filled with kindly cheer and affectionate reminiscence, be turned to the source of all their pleasures and to the Giver of all that makes the day bright and joyous. And in the midst of our worship and enjoyments let us remember the poor, the needy, and the unfortunate; and by our gifts of charity and ready benevolence let us increase the number of those who with grateful hearts shall join in our Thanksgiving. In witness whereof I have set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this twenty-fifth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twelfth. $1,250.00
South Carolina Politician Pierce Butler References the Purchase of Slaves
South Carolina Politician Pierce Butler References the Purchase of Slaves
Please to return my compts. to and thanks to Mr. Mien for his information respecting Mrs. Cunningham’s Negroes. If she saves them and makes a good use of them I am more gratified than by purchasing then. Pierce Butler (1744 – 1822). South Carolina planter and politician, delegate to the Constitutional Convention. A strong supporter of slavery, he was one of the largest slaveholders in America. ALS. 2 pages. Philadelphia April 22, 1807. Both sides of a single sheet. 7 ¾” x 9 ¾”. Butler writes to an unknown recipient; Dear Sir, Your favour, no 37, dated April 4 received the 20th, I should have answered to it the same day had I not been indisposed. I could have no pre-knowledge of my debt to you, it therefore could not be intentional on my part; on the other side is an order on Mr. King to instantly send you fifty or sixty barrels of rice; which you will please to dispose of for cash to reimburse yourself. I would order more rice to you were the Market of Savanah even the last rice lay months, if I recollect right, undisposed of your correctness and method, if I say nothing of personal esteem, would induce preferring you to any other person, but you cannot control or command purchasors- there is a greater demand and more Capital in Charleston. I congratulate you on the prospect of an addition to your domestick happiness; and I sincerely hope that your children may prove blessings to yourself and Madam de Villers; to whom I beg to tender my best respects. I observe what you say respecting the shipping of cotton. In a letter I sent by water. I wrote you to ship my cotton to Messrs. Charles Taylor & Co. the House of Harrison and Co. having dissolved; having after that received a letter from Mr. Rich Harrison, I altered my first intention, and wrote a short letter resigning to have my cotton shipped to Mr. Rich Harrison Mercht., Liverpool the last you will please to regard. I shall be mindful of your desire respecting Doctor Grant. The Schooner York being solely under your order, I trust she will do well; and pay for herself. When you see Judge Jones and Mr. McKey, two amiable men, assure them of my sincere regard. Please to return my compts. to and thanks to Mr. Mien for his information respecting Mrs. Cunningham’s Negroes. If she saves them and makes a good use of them I am more gratified than by purchasing then. I trust nothing will prevent my seeing you in Savannah the first week in November. I remain with sentiments of esteem and regard, Your Friend, Pierce Butler” $750.00