Boise: 1869. Small broadside, approximately 10 x 7.75 inches. Previously folded. Some spotting and dust soiling. Docketed in manuscript on blank verso. Still very good. Item #1853
An early and rare Idaho imprint, comprising a declaration of Thanksgiving by territorial governor David W. Ballard in 1869. Ballard, a physician from Lebanon, Oregon, was appointed by Andrew Johnson in 1866 after serving as a state senator in Oregon from its admission to the union. The text reads, in part:
"It has been a year filled with many blessings to our Territory and the nation at large. The pestilence that left its desolating track just upon our borders did not visit us, and has gone from our neighbors. Health and abundance have prevailed. The harvests have been plentiful, and our mines have yielded their usual reward. Peace and harmony have reigned throughout the land, and the nation's fraternal relations, stimulated by the kind but fair and generous example of the National Executive, are fast supplanting the harsh feeling of past hatreds.... It is the duty of a people thus blessed to remember the Author of these bountiful gifts by acts of gratitude and praise; by devout thankfulness for the blessings received and humble petitions for their continuance."
Such proclamations were published annually in the Idaho Territory following the conclusion of the Civil War. All are quite scarce; examples from this early date survive at most in one or two recorded copies, and we locate no other copies of the present broadside.