Now, therefore, I, Chester A. Arthur, President of the United States, do hereby recommend that either by appropriate exercises in connection with the religious services of the 23d instant or by such public observances as may be deemed proper on Monday, the 24th instant, this signal event in the history of American liberty be commemorated; and further, I hereby direct that at 12 o’clock noon on Monday next the national salute be fired from all the forts throughout the country.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done this 21st day of December, A. D. 1883, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and eighth.
CHESTER A. ARTHUR
By the President:
FREDK. T, FRELINGHUYSEN,
Secretary of State.
General George Washington Resigning his Commission, John Trumbull, 1824, oil on canvas, US Capitol Rotunda