Sarah Buell Hale loved the ritual of Thanksgiving. Mrs. Hale was a writer publishing a novel in 1827 which described in great detail the physical and sentimental manifestation of a family feast. She describes a table draped in bleached white damask preparing the household event where every child had a seat for the occasion. She describes the honor of a man to sit at the head of a copious Thanksgiving dinner before his large family; the farmer being particularly proud of the display of abundance and prosperity of a season’s worth of work. She describes the roasted turkey taking its “lordly station” next to the savory stuffing exuding a particularly rich odor of basting. She describes choice fowl pastries, wine tumblers, huge plum puddings, custards and pies of “every name and description ever known in Yankee land.” She revered this celebration and went on a determined pursuit to declare it a national holiday.
Sarah spent many years attempting to draw attention to her crusade. By 1847 she had convinced the Governor of New Hampshire to appoint Thursday November 25th as a day of annual Thanksgiving in the state but she didn’t stop there. She continued with her editorials and letters until finally she was able to attract the attention of President Abraham Lincoln.
Sarah composed a letter to President Lincoln resonating that sentiments cited here below from an editorial.