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And therefore, I, William Bradford (by the grace of God today
And the franchise of this good people) governor of Plymouth say -
Through virtue of vested power - ye shall gather with one accord
And hold in the month of November thanksgiving unto the Lord.
- Margaret J. Preston, The First Thanksgiving Day, 1621.
Scholars are not always in agreement concerning particulars about America's first Thanksgiving Day, and much of what we, as little children, were taught no doubt was colored and embellished over the passage of many years by parsons and teachers not averse to taking a good story and making of it a better one.