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By the President.Whereas, it hath pleased Almighty God, the Sovereign Disposer of events, to protect and defend the Confederate States hitherto, in their conflict with their enemies, and to be unto them a shield. And, whereas, with grateful thanks we recognize His hand and acknowledge that not unto us, but unto Him belongeth the victory; and in humble dependence upon His Almighty strength, and trusting in the justness of our cause, we appeal to Him, that He may set at naught the efforts of our enemies, and put them to confusion and shame: Now, therefore, I. Jefferson Davis President of the Confederate States, in view of the impending conflict, do hereby set apart Friday, the 15th day of November, as a day of lasting humiliation and prayer; and I do hereby invite the Reverend Clergy and the people of those Confederate States, to repair on that day to their usual places of public worship, and to implore the blessing of Almighty God upon our arms, that He may give us victory over our enemies, preserve our homes and from pollution, and secure to us the restoration of peace and prosperity. Given under my hand and the seal of the Confederate States, at Richmond, the thirty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one. Jefferson Davis. By the President; R. M. T. Hunter, no 1--ecdt15N Secretary of State.
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