WILLIAMSBURG, in COUNCIL, April 6, 1779.
I do hereby with the advice of the Privy Council, recommend to the inhabitants of this state, to observe the first Thursday in May next, as a day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer, in the manner prescribed by the above proclamation. P. HENRY.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon Nicolson) April 9, 1779
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Patrick Henry advocates a national day of prayer, May 6, 1779 as proclaimed by Congress: "Done in congress, this 20th day of March….1779 and in the third year of our independence"