Translation of proclamation for a day of Humiliation and Thanksgiving into English

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Proclamation for a day of Humiliation and Thanksgiving.

Trusty & Welbeloved,

Concidering the Manifold Blessings & favours which the Bountifull & Merciful god hath bene pleazed graciously to Bestow uppon this Province and the Inhabitants thereof amongst which is to be Esteemed beyond all others the free & pure worshipp of god which Blessing together with all others ought Not only to drawe & oblidge us to dutifull thanckfulnesse but also to meeknesse & Rependance because of our Manifold sins & Transgressions to the End the said Blessings & favours of our god may be Continued towards us & this People & Country be free from this weldeserved Wroth & Indignation, Know Yee therefore that wee have thought it Necessary & do by these Presents order & Proclaime an universall day of fast humiliation & thancksgiveing which shall be held within this Province on the first Wednesday on every mounth & beguun on the first wesnesday of the next ensuing month of December being Second day of the said Month, & soo Alsoo uppon Every first Wednesday of ye month thereunto Ensuing; And to the End the said day of humiliation & thankxgiveing may bee the better put in practice & due Execution, Wee do hereby strictly prohibite & forbid on the said day of humiliation Thankxgiving all manner of Labour & exercizings of hunting ffisshing gaming Excesse in drincking and the Lyke & all Inkeepers & ordinaris not to Retayle any Licquors or drinke uppon Penalty of Corporall Punishment, To the true performance of which wee do hereby stricktly order &Comand all Magistrates officers & Justices of this Province & prolecute against the Transgressions according to the Tennr: thereof and to Cause this Proclamation to bee published in due time & place, Soo wee Recommand you to the Protextion of the Almighty godt;

Trusty & welbeloved 
Your Loving ffrinds 
In fort Willem Hendrick this 15th of November   (: Signed:)  Antony Colve. 
By order of the governor 
generall & Councell of the 
Niew Netherlands. 
N: Bayard Secretary. 


Translation: O'Callaghan, E.B., trans./ed., Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New-York, vol. 2 (Albany: Weed, Parsons: 1858), pp. 569-730 (vol. 23, pp. 1-270 only).A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.