REASONS FOR THANKSGIVING.
The right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of
the Lord doeth valiantly.
Psalm cxvm: 16.
As good citizens you have read and re-read the excellent
proclamation of our Chief Magistrate. It has been your
privilege to ponder with undissembled gratitude to God,
the wonderful successes which have recently crowned
our arms; mingle your sympathies with the sufferers
in this needless and cruel rebellion; offer your earnest,
prayers that God would change the hearts of the insur¬
gents ; and devoutly ask that the whole nation might be
led, through paths of repentance and submission to the
divine will, back to the perfect enjoyment of union and
fraternal peace. This you have already done and are
daily doing, but now you are assembled to perform
the same duty in a more public manner. In conformity
with the President's appointment, endorsed and confirmed
by the Governor of our own state, we are assembled to
join in a more open and emphatic acknowledgment of
the goodness of God, and present our supplications for