Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Thanksgiving Origins
Re: Thanksgiving Origins
Fri, 13 Nov 1998 12:18:46 -0500
Your posting made me think a bit and search the net. In so doing I found
many websites on the history of Thanksgiving, which would probably be fun
for Cubs to use.
Anyway, according to an April 1, 1964 letter from John Nicolay, one of
Lincoln's secretaries, the document that you posted was written by Secretary
of State William Seward, and the original was in his handwriting. Fellow
Cabinet member Gideon Welles recorded in his diary on October 3 tht he
complimented Seward on his work. A year later, the manuscript was sold to
benefit Union troops and since then has disappeared. It appears that this
document was probably the one that Lincoln signed, but we can't be certain
because the original no longer can be located. The other document from
Charlie Morrison's early posting may have been a speech or a draft penned in
Lincolns own hand. Lincoln wrote many of his own speeches or made notes for
them. For formal proclamations he often used those notes and speeches with
his cabinet to develop a final document. From the looks of things Secretary
Seward most likely took the last paragraph from Lincolns draft/notes and
reworked the rest to arrive at the proclamation you've found.
This would make for a good historical research project. Would be really
interesting to know just what really happened.
Mike Bowman a/k/a Professor Beaver (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Webmastering in the Scouting Spirit from Alexandria, VA