The following was published in the October 16, 1856 issue of the Maine Farmer, Vol.24, Issue 43:
STATE OF MAINE
BY THE GOVERNOR
For A Day of Public Praise and Thanksgiving
In accordance with a venerated usage, established in the first settlement of the country, by our virtuous and pious ancestors, and subsequently continued by their descendants, I do, with the advice and consent of the Council, appoint Thursday, the twentieth day of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving; and Praise, and recommend to the people of this State to assemble on that day in their usual places of public worship, and return their sincere and unfeigned thanks to Almighty God for the innumerable favors and blessings which He has bestowed upon them, not only during the past year, but for the whole period of their existence. Given at the Council Chamber, in Augusta, this second day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-first.