A PROCLAMATION for a Solemn Thanksgiving.

WILLIAM aud MARY by the Grace of God, King and Queen of Great Brittain, France and Ireland, Defenders of the Faith:
To Our Lyon King at Arms, and his Brethren; Heraulds, Macers of Our Privy Council, Pursevants, or Messengers at Arms; Our Sheriffs in that part, Conjunctly and Severally, specially Constitute, Greeting;

For as much, as We and all Our good Subjects, are in Duty bound, to return Praise and Glory to God, by a Day of solemn Thanksgiving, for His manifold Blessings bestowed upon Us, and Our Kingdoms: and particularly, that He hath been pleased to preserve Our Royal Person, from the many and great Danger: of War We were necessarly exposed to, for the Defence and Protection of the Protestant Religion, and Our Government, against the Designs and Attempts of all Our Enemies, during Our last Campaign in Flanders, and to restore and bring back Our Royal Person in safety to Our Kingdoms, to the great Satisfaction and Joy of all Our good Subjects; And that also the Ministers assembled in the Synod of Lo­thian, and Tueeddale, and such as Correspond with them from several other Synods, have Moved to the Lords of Our Privy Council, that a Solemn Day of publick Thanks­giving, may be set apart for the Causes foresaids, to be religiously observed throughout this Our Ancient Kingdom. Therefore, We, with Advice of the Lords of Our Privy Council, do Appoint and Command, that the sixteenth day of November current, for all within the Town of Edinburgh, and Suburbs thereof; and the Shires of Edinburgh, Haddington and Linlithgow; the Sheriffdom of Berwick, and Shires of Fyse Stirling, Kinross and Clackmannan. And the twentythird day of the said Month for all the rest of this Our Ancient Kingdom, to be Religiously and Devoutely observed, as a Solemn Day of publict Thanksgiving, by all Persons within this Kingdom, In all Churches and Meeting-houses, for returning most humble and hearty Thanks to Almighty God, for the signal Blessings and Deliverances already bestowed upon Us, and Our people: And to implore the increase and continuance thereof. And that His Divine Presence, with a Spirit of Counsel and Wisdom, may direct and assist us in all our Consultations and Un­dertakings, at home and abroad, in time coming. And to the effect Our pleasure in the Premisses may be known, OUR WILL IS HEREFORE, and we Charge you strictly; and Command, that incontinent these Our Letters seen, ye pass to the Mercat Cross of Edinburgh, and remanent Mercat Crosses of the whole head Burghs of the several Shires and Srewartries within this Kingdom, and there, in Our Name and Authority, make Publication hereof, that none may pretend ignorance: And ordains Our Solicitor to cause make Intimation hereof, to the Ministers within the Town of Edinburgh, and Sub­urbs, by sending Copies to them, or any other way he thinks fit; and to cause send printed Copies hereof, to the Sheriffs of the several Shires, and Stewarts of the Stew­artries foresaids, whom we ordain to see the same published, and appoints them to send Doubles thereof, to all Ministers in Churches and Meeting-houses, within their Re­spective Jurisdictions, that upon the Lords Day, immediatly preceeding the re­spective Days foresaids, the same may be intimat and read in every paroch Church and Meeting-house: certifying all such who shall contemn or neglect so religious and im­portant a Duty, as the Thanksgiving hereby appointed is, they shall be proceeded a­gainst and punished as Contemners of Our Authority, and as highly disaffected to Our Persons and Government, and ordains these Presents to be printed.

Per Actum Dominorum Secreti Concilii. & In Supplementum Signeti. GILB. ELLIOT. Cls. Sti. Concilii.

God Save King William and Queen Mary.

Edinburgh, Printed by the Heir of Andrew Anderson, Printer to Their Most Excellent Majesties, Anno DOM. 1693.

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