The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: December 9

WILLIAMSBURG, December 11, 1779 (Saturday).
LAST Thursday was religiously observed as a day of Thanksgiving and Prayer to Almighty God for his favours and protection to these United States and our illustrious Ally. The Reverend James Madison, President of William & Mary college, delivered a discourse very suitable to that important occasion.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Nicolson) December 11, 1779

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The Continental Congress proclaimed December 9 to be a "day of public and solemn Thanksgiving and Prayer", and Governor Thomas Jefferson recommended that ministers hold services to thank God for his blessings and to pray for his continuing protection for both the Americans and the French. France had entered the war formally in the spring of 1778. American morale was further boosted by the victory of General Anthony Wayne at Stony Point, New York in the summer of 1779. 1779 had been a year of relative calm in Virginia and the legislature had worked on economic and administrative reforms. One of these decisions was to move the state capital from Williamsburg to Richmond.

Sources: VA Gaz. (Clarkson & Davis) 11/20/79, p1. Selby, Selesky

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