Providence A Word favored by America's Founders
Our "firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence." Declaration of Independence, 1776
"The many signal interpositions of providence in favour of the American cause." official explanation of the Great Seal's symbolism, 1782
"I entertain a fond hope that the same kind providence which has conducted us so far in our journey will open a way for the future happiness and prosperity of the United States." Charles Thomson (to his wife Hannah), 1783
"If it had not been for the justice of our cause, and the consequent interposition of Providence, in which we had faith, we must have been ruined." Ben Franklin (to William Strahan), 1784
"The frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favour." Benjamin Franklin at Constitutional Convention, 1787
"Our sincere and humble thanks for... the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war." George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789
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