Respectfully submitted for your consideration by Miri, excerpted from http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122765806822958269.html
“In 1778, a Thanksgiving resolution drafted by [Samuel] Adams was approved by Congress on Nov. 3, setting aside Wednesday, Dec. 30, as a day of public thanksgiving and praise, ‘It having pleased Almighty God through the Course of the present year, to bestow great and manifold Mercies on the People of these United States.’
After the Revolution, Adams, who was eventually elected governor of Massachusetts, maintained the practice of declaring these holidays. In October of 1795, the 73-year-old governor proclaimed Thursday, Nov. 19, as ‘a day of Public Thanksgiving to God,’ recommending that prayer be offered that God ‘would graciously be pleased to put an end to all Tyranny and Usurpation, that the People who are under the Yoke of Oppression, may be made free; and that the Nations who are contending for freedom may still be secured by His Almighty Aid.’ [emphasis added]
A year later, Gov. Adams offered a similar Thanksgiving proclamation, declaring Thursday, Dec. 15, 1796, as ‘a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Praise to Our Divine Benefactor.’ He recommended ‘earnest Supplication to God’ that ‘every Nation and Society of Men may be inspired with the knowledge and feeling of their natural and just rights’ and ‘That Tyranny and Usurpation may everywhere come to an end.'”
To which I can only respond: Amen.