Governor Jordan's Fast Day Proclamation

The following Fast Day proclamation has been issued by Chester B. Jordan, Governor of New Hampshire:—

Agreeably with a beautiful custom centuries ago established, and now in some form and to some extent adopted by all Christian peoples of the civilized world, and in accordance with what seem to be the necessities of the human race, I do appoint Thursday, the eighteenth day of April, 1901, a day of fasting, and indulge the hope that on that day all the people of our state will abstain from their usual avocations; from excessive eating and drinking; from pomp, pride, and vainglory; from all sports and festivities no in keeping with the spirit of the day as it has come down to us from the fathers; and that without sadness of countenance, hypocrisy, or cant, they will assemble at their respective places of public worship and there review their lives; recount their many departures from the path of right, justice, honor, truth, and virtue; recall, so far as they may, the great blessings of good government hourly and momentarily attending them in all their journeyings hitherto; the priceless legacies of church and state bequeathed us by the fathers; the numberless mercies of God constantly and abundantly showered upon nation, state, and individuals from an ever open hand in war and in peace, in tempest and in sunshine, from the time our pious and rugged ancestors touched Plymouth Rock until this very hour; and there, too, on bended knee, resolve that henceforth their lives shall be better and sweeter, fuller of help, labor, and sacrifice for their more unfortunate fellows; and that their remaining days on earth shall be their best ones.

Given at the Council Chamber in Concord, this thirteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and twenty fifth. Chester B. Jordan, Governor.

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The Church Manual
April 4, 1901

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