In the Name of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity

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The first page of the 1783 Treaty of Paris (Source: OurDocuments.gov)

The first page of the 1783 Treaty of Paris (Source: OurDocuments.gov)

American Minute from William J. Federer

“In the name of the most holy and undivided Trinity.”

Thus began the Treaty of Paris which ended the Revolutionary War.

The Treaty continued:

“It having pleased the Divine Providence to dispose the hearts of the most serene and most potent Prince George the Third…and of the United States of America, to forget all past misunderstandings and differences…

“Done at Paris, this THIRD DAY of SEPTEMBER, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-three.”

The Treaty was signed by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, who later became the 2nd President, and John Jay, the first Chief Justice.

With the war over, Massachusetts Governor John Hancock proclaimed November 8, 1783:

“The Citizens of these United States have every Reason for Praise and Gratitude to the God of their salvation…

“I do…appoint…the 11th day of December next (the day recommended by the Congress to all the States) to be religiously observed as a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer, that all the people may then assemble to celebrate…that he hath been pleased to continue to us the Light of the Blessed Gospel…

“That we also offer up fervent supplications…to cause pure Religion and Virtue to flourish…and to fill the world with his glory.”

On January 27, 1983, declaring a National Day of Prayer, President Ronald Reagan stated:

“Prayer is the mainspring of the American spirit, a fundamental tenet of our people since before the Republic was founded.

“A year before the Declaration of Independence, in 1775, the Continental Congress proclaimed the first National Day of Prayer as the initial positive action they asked of every colonist.”

Reagan concluded:

“Two hundred years ago in 1783, the Treaty of Paris officially ended the long, weary Revolutionary War during which a National Day of Prayer had been proclaimed every spring for eight years.”


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