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Jamestown Celebration Proclamation postcard Edit




  • 1907 (Creation)



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    postcard showing TR in front of an American flag flanked by two eagles with portraits of other men surrounding a Proclamation to celebrate the birth of America from the founding of Jamestown

    The men: Elihu Root, Harry St. George Tucker, Wm. H. Taft, Leslie M. Shaw, Gen. Fitzburgh Lee, and Charles F. Bonaparte

    The Proclamation: "Whereas the congress of the United States has passed an act approved March 3, 1905, and entitled "An act to provide for celebrating the birth of the American nation, the first permanent settlement of the English speaking people on the Western hemisphere, by the holding of an international naval, marine, and military celebration in the vicinity of Jamestown, on the waters of Hampton Roads, in the state of Virginia, to provide for the suitable and permanent commemoration of said event and to authorize an appropriation in aid therefor and for other purposes." And whereas section 3 of the said act reads as follows: "Section 3. The President of the United States is hereby authorized to make proclamations of said celebration, setting forth the event to be commemorated, inviting foreign nations to participate by the sending of the naval vessels and such representation of their military organization as may be proper." Now, therefore, I, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, by virtue of the authority vested in me by said act, do hereby declare and proclaim that there shall be inaugurated in the year 1907, at and near the waters of Hampton Roads, in the State of Virginia, an international naval, marine, and military celebration, beginning May 13 and ending not later than November 1, 1907, for the purpose of commemorating in a fitting and appropriate manner the birth of the American nation ; the first permanent settlement of English speaking people on the American continent made at Jamestown, Virginia, on the 13th day of May, 1607, and in order that the great events of the American History which have resulted the reform may be accentuated to the present and future generations of American citizens. And in the name of the government and people of the United States, I do therefore invite all the nations of the earth to take part in the commemoration of the event which has had a far-reaching effect on the course of human history, by sending their naval vessels to the said celebration and by making such representations of their military organizations as may be proper. In testimony thereof, I have now set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done in the city of Washington this twenty-ninth day of March, one thousand nine hundred and five, and in the independance of the United States the one hundred and twenty-ninth"

    Illustrated Postal Card Co., NY-Germany