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among the Princes of the earth, to establish our liberty and independency upon a lasting foundation; it becomes us to set apart a day, for gratefully acknowledging the divine goodness, and celebrating the important event, which we owe to His divine interposition.
The several brigades are to be assembled for this purpose, at nine o'clock to-morrow morning, when their Chaplains will communicate the intelligence contained in the Postscript of the Pennsylvania Gazette of the second instant, and offer up Thanksgiving, and deliver a discourse suitable to the occasion.
At half-past ten o'clock, a cannon will be fired, which is to be the signal for the men to be under arms; the brigade inspectors will then inspect their dress and arms, and form the battalions according to the instructions given them, and announce to the commanding officers of the brigade, that the battalions are formed.
The commanders of brigades will then appoint the field-officers to the battalions, after which each battalion will be ordered to load and ground their
At half-past eleven, a second cannon will be fired, as a signal for the march, upon which the several brigades will begin their march, by wheeling to the right by platoons, and proceed, by the nearest way, to the left of their ground by the new position; this will be pointed out, by the brigade inspectors.
* May 7th, 1778.
A third signal will be given, on which there will be a discharge of thirteen cannon; after which, a running fire of the infantry will begin on the right of Woodford's, and continue throughout the front line; it will then be taken upon the left of the second line, and continue to the right.
Upon a signal given, the whole army will huzza, LONG LIVE THE KING OF FRANCE; the artillery then begins again, and fires thirteen rounds; this will be succceded by a second general discharge of musketry, in a running fire, and huzza, LONG LIVE THE FRIENDLY EUROPEAN POWERS.
The last discharge of thirteen pieces of artillery, will be given, followed by a general running fire, and huzza, THE AMERICAN STATES.
III. RELIGIOUS ACTS AND EMOTIONS.
Above all, he was influenced by the more permanent and operative principle of religion; by the firm and active persuasion of an All-seeing, All-powerful Deity; by the high consciousness of future accountability, and the assured hope and prospect of immortality. JOHN DAVIS, 1800. Amer. Acad. of Arts and Sciences.
I am not surprised at what George has done, for he was always a good boy. MARY, the Mother of Washington.
When you speak of God, or his attributes, let it be seriously, in reverence.
DEPENDENCE ON GOD.
It will ever be the first wish of my heart, to inculcate a due sense of the dependence we ought to place in that All-Wise and Powerful Being, on whom alone our success depends.
We have abundant reasons to thank Providence,
for its many favorable interpositions in our behalf. It has, at times, been my only dependence; for, all other resources seemed to have failed us.
If I should, unluckily for me, be reduced to the necessity of giving an answer to the question,* I would fain do what is, in all respects, best. But how can I know what is best, or on what I shall determine? May Heaven assist me, in forming a judgment; for, at present, I see nothing but clouds and darkness before me.
I know the delicate nature of the duties, incident to the part I am called upon to perform; and I feel my incompetence, without the singular assistance of Providence, to discharge them in a satisfactory man
FAITH, AND EFFORT.
To trust altogether in the justice of our cause, without our own utmost exertions, would be tempting Providence.
Liberty, honor, and safety, are all at stake; and, I trust, Providence will smile upon our efforts, and establish us, once more, the inhabitants of a free and happy country.
* Whether he would accept the office of President of the United States.
I trust in that Providence, which has saved us in six troubles, yea, in seven, to rescue us again from any imminent, though unseen dangers. Nothing, however, on our part, ought to be left undone.
The honor and safety of our bleeding country, and every other motive that can influence the brave and heroic patriot, call loudly upon us, to acquit ourselves with resolution. In short, we must now determine, to be enslaved or free. If we make freedom our choice, we must obtain it, by the blessing of Heaven on our united and vigorous efforts.
It is not a little pleasing, nor less wonderful, to contemplate, that, after two years' manoeuvering, and undergoing the strangest vicissitudes that, perhaps, ever attended any one contest since the creation, both armies are brought back to the very point they set out from, and that the offending party at the beginning, is now reduced to the use of spade and pickaxe, for defence.
The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in this, that he must be worse than an infidel, that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.
My friends may believe me sincere, in my profes