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Bright Autumnís merry, festive days
Once more approach us near,
And we with musicís gladsome lays
Should greet them when they appear.

And how can joy, itself to please,
The more sportively glance,
Than through the soft ad winning breeze
From the civil, social dance?

Sir,----You are respectfully invited, in company with a
Lady, to meet an Assembly at the house of Mr. Joseph
Merrill, of Shelburen Falls, at 1 oíclock P.M. Nov.
26th, 1845.










Shelburne Falls, Nov. 5,

[Mr. R. C. Arms]

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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: Harvest festivals have existed in human culture since the beginning of agriculture, but the tradition of a Thanksgiving Day in the United States dates to the periodic days of Thanksgiving issued by Congress during the Revolutionary War. George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789; he issued another in 1795. None of these holidays were set on a particular day, but in general they occurred in October or November. After Washington, presidents sporadically proclaimed days of thanksgiving. The national holiday of Thanksgiving can be traced to the efforts of Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of "Ladies Magazine." Beginning 1827, she called for a national day based on the official Day of Thanksgiving New York State had begun in 1817. By the 1840s, when this invitation was made, most of the New England and mid-Atlantic states celebrated Thanksgiving. But it did not become a national holiday until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that an annual Thanksgiving Day would be observed the last Thursday of each November.


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"Thanksgiving Assembly"

creator   Joseph Merrill
date   Nov 5, 1845
location   Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
height   7.5"
width   5.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Invitation
accession #   #L01.062

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