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Henry Martin Dexter (Boston: John Kimball Wiggin, 1865), 133; and William Bradford, Of Plimouth Plantation (Boston: Wright and Potter Printing, 1898), 127. The national holiday of Thanksgiving as observed in the United States was a nineteenth-century creation. After a lengthy campaign, Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of the popular magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book, convinced President Abraham Lincoln to issue a proclamation in 1863 declaring the last Thursday of November a national holiday. The event has been celebrated continuously each year since.
As for deer or venison I never saw any since I came into this land. There is indeed some fowl, but we are not allowed to go and get it, but must work hard both early and late for a mess of water gruel and a mouthful of bread and beef. . . I have not a penny, nor a penny worth, to help me too either spice or sugar or strong waters, without the which one cannot live here. . But I am not half a quarter so strong as I was in England, and all is for want of victuals; for I do protest unto you that I have eaten more in [one] day at home than I have allowed me here for a week.
I have not a penny, nor a penny worth, to help me too either spice or sugar or strong waters, without the which one cannot live here. . But I am not half a quarter so strong as I was in England, and all is for want of victuals; for I do protest unto you that I have eaten more in [one] day at home than I have allowed me here for a week. . And indeed so I find it now, to my great grief and misery; and [I] saith that if you love me you will redeem me suddenly, for which I do entreat and beg. And if you cannot get the merchants to redeem me for some little money, then for God’s sake get a gathering or entreat some good folks to lay out some little sum of money in meal and cheese and butter and beef.
American Appetites: A Documentary Reader by Jennifer Jensen Wallach, Lindsey R. Swindall