Young in years as a community, we have come into the wilderness,
in the midst of savage men and uncultivated nature to found
a new empire in aid of our pursuit of happiness, and to extend
the area of enlightened republican Liberty . . . . Let us in
the public temple of religion, by the fireside and family altar,
on the prairie and in the forest, join in the expression of
our gratitude, of our devotion to the God who brought our fathers
safely through the perils of an early revolution, and who thus
continues his favors to the remotest colonies of his sons.
Such sentiments were echoed throughout states and territories
in the U.S. as thanksgiving became a national tradition even before
it became a national holiday.