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On November 29, 1623, three years after the Pilgrims’ arrived and two years after the first Thanksgiving, Governor William Bradford made an official proclamation for a day of Thanksgiving:

To all ye Pilgrims:

In as much as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans squashes, and garden vegetable, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience;

now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that sll ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November ye 29th, of hte year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty three, and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.  William Bradford, Ye Governor of Ye Colony.

In 1647, Bradford wrote in his famous historical work, Of Plymouth Plantation:

Last and not least, they cherished a great hope and inward zeal of laying good foundations, or at least making some ways toward it, for the propagation and advance of the gospel of the kingdom of Christ in the remote parts of the world, even though they should be but stepping stones to others in the performance of so great a work.

Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand,, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort of our whole nation; let the glorious name of Jehovah have all the praise.

Inscribed on Governor William Bradford’s grave at Burial Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts, are the remarks:

Under this stone rests the ashes of William Bradford,, a zealous Puritan, and sincere Christian Governor of Plymouth Colony from 1621 to 1657, (the year he died) aged 69, except 5 years,, which he declined.

Let the right hand of the Lord awake. (Inscribed in Hebrew)

What our fathers with so much difficulty attained do not basely relinquish. (Inscribed in Latin)