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And Whereas, the laws can now be sustained and enforced in the said State of Texas by the proper civil authority, State or Federal, and the people of the said State of Texas, like the people of the other States before named, are well and loyally disposed and have conformed or will conform in their legislation to the condition of affairs growing out of the amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibiting slavery within the limits and jurisdiction of the United States;

And Whereas, all the reasons and conclusions set forth in regard to the several States therein especially named now apply equally and in all respects to the State of Texas, as well as to the other States which have been involved in the insurrection;

And Whereas, adequate provision has been made by military orders to enforce the execution of the acts of Congress, aid the civil authorities, and secure obedience to the Constitution and laws of the United States within the State of Texas, if a resort to military force for such purpose should at any time be necessary:

Now therefore, I, Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, do hereby proclaim and declare that the insurrection which heretofore existed in the State of Texas is at an end, and is to be henceforth so regarded in that State as in the other States before named, in which the said insurrection was proclaimed to be at an end, by the aforesaid proclamation of the second day of April one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six.

And I do Further Proclaim, that the said insurrection is at an end, and that peace, order, and tranquility, and civil authority now exist in and throughout the whole United States of America.

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington this twentieth day of August, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, eight hundred and sixty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the ninety-first.

Andrew Johnson
By the President:
William H. Seward,
Secretary of State.

[No. 5.]




Ammmrv Gon, our heavenly Father, has been pleased to vouchsafe to us, Thursday, as a people, another year of that national life whic is an indispensable con- Nov._?.9, 1866, dition of peace, security, and progress. That year has, moreover, een crowned :¥l:g;\“;;;1g?v?:Y with many peculiar blessings. · K The civil war that so iecently closed among us has not been anywhere and Pm8e' reopened. Foreign intervention has ceased to excite alarm or apprehension. Intrusive pestilence has been benignly mitigated. Domestic tranguillity has improved, sentiments of conciliation have largely (prevailed, and a. ections of loyalty and patriotism have been widely renewe . Our fields have yielded quite abundantly. Our mining industny has been richly rewarded, and we have been allowed to extend our railroa system far into the interior recesses of the country, while our commerce has resumed its customary activity in foreign seas. These reat national blessings demand a national acknowledgment. Now, ifherefore, I, ANDREW JoHNs0N, President of the nited States, do hereby recommend that Thursday, the twenty-ninth day of November next, bo set apart and be observed everywhere in the several States and Territories of the United States by the people thereof as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty Gon, with due remembrance that “ in His temple oth every man vox,. xiv. 52