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"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved these many in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown but we have forgotten God.
We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us and we vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success we have become self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace too proud to pray to the God that made us.
It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness."
- President Abraham Lincoln, March 30 1863, PROCLAMATION APPOINTING A NATIONAL FAST DAY (for prayer, humiliation, and fasting)
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