Eugene Semple Typed Proclamation Signed Designating Thanksgiving 1888 in Washington Territory. One page with docketing on the verso, 8.25" x 12.5". November 12, 1888, Olympia, Washington Territory. Signed by both Washington Territorial Governor Semple and the secretary of the territory, N. H. Owings. An embossed gold foil seal of Washington Territory is affixed to the proclamation. Folds and light soiling, else fine.

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    Territory of Washington
    Executive Department
    Thanksgiving Proclamation

    By authority of the established custom of this country, I hereby designate the last Thursday of November as:

    Thanksgiving Day for the Year 1888

    I recommend that on that day the people of Washington Territory do assemble in their places of worship, in their school houses and society halls, in their loggers' camps and miners' cabins, on their ships, and by the firesides of the rich and poor, in city and country, and there give thanks to Almighty God for his infinite goodness to us and to all men.

    If any homeless ones be seen standing by the way-side on that day, I trust that those who are more fortunate will care for them, that they may see the silver lining of the clouds and feel the sunshine of kindness, for a moment, and so not despair of human nature. Such bread will return, in blessed form, to those who cast it upon the waters.

    Done at Olympia this 12th day of November in the year of Our Lord on thousand eight hundred and eighty-eight, and in the year of the independence of the United States of America the one hundred and thirteenth.

    Eugene Semple,

    By the Governor:
    N.H. Owings,
    Secretary of the Territory.

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