A PROCLAMATION For a THANKSGIVING for the late VICTORY by His Majesties Naval Forces, Against the DƲTCH.


WHereas it hath pleased Almighty God in his late Providence towards Vs and Our People, to manifest at once the glory both of his Power and Mercy, in giving Vs a happy Victory over Our Adversaries at Sea, filling the hearts of Vs and Our People as full of joy and thankfulness, as becomes so transcen­dent a Mercy; We cannot upon the due consideration hereof, but with all humility admire and adore the mercy and goodness of God in this his signal manifestation thereof; and we look upon it as invitation from Heaven to Vs and all Our People unto most entire Thankfulness for the sa [...]d to the end some Solemn time may be set apart for the Publick performance of this Duty, and[?] [...] We and all Our Subjects in England and Wales, and the Town of Berwick upon Tweed, may pay Our just tribute of Praise and Thanksgiving to Almighty God, We do hereby Publish and Declare, and also strictly Charge and Command, That Tuesday the Fourteenth day of this instant August be set apart and observed as a day of Publick Thanksgiving in the Cities of London and Westmin­ster, Borough of Southwark, and other places adjacent. And that Thursday the Three and twentieth of this instant August, the like be kept and duely observed through the rest of this whole Realm of England, and Dominion of Wales. And for the more orderly performance thereof, We by the ad­vice of Our Reverend Bishops, have directed to be Composed, Printed and Published, the Forms of such Prayers and publick Thanksgivings, as We have thought fit to be used in all Churches and places at their publick Meetings; and have given charge to Our Bishops to disperse the same throughout the whole Kingdom. And We do also direct and appoint, That this Our Proclama­tion be publickly read in all Churches and Chappels, on some Lords-day precedent to the said days of Thanksgiving hereby appointed, to the end that notice may be taken thereof, and due Thanks and Praise may upon the said Days be offered up unto Almighty God; And that humble Supplica­ons be poured out before him for his continual assistance, and improvement of this and all his Mer­cies to the Honour of his great Name, and the Peace and benefit of Vs and our People; Willing and strictly Commanding all persons within Our said Realm and Dominions, with all Sobriety, Reverence, and Thankfulness to observe this Day, as becomes so solemn an occasion.

God save the King.

LONDON, Printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker, Printers to the Kings most Excellent Majesty, 1666.

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