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George Washington's original Thanksgiving proclamation

A proclamation written by George Washington is displayed at Christie's Galleries prior to being auctioned, on October 3, 2013 in New York City. According to Christie's, this was the first proclamation made by a United States President, declaring the first Thanksgiving holiday. Signed by George Washington on November 3rd, 1789, the piece is expected to fetch between $8-12 million. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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