WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- It went on display first in New York City and now it's in D.C.

Christie'sheld arare public viewing of George Washington's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation on Monday at The Jefferson on 16th St NW. After D.C., the document will go on display for one day in Boston and then be sold on Nov. 14. Christie's estimates that it will sell for between $8 million and $12 million.

George Washington signed the proclamation on October 3, 1789 to establish the first federal Thanksgiving Day. Part of the proclamation reads:

"Now therefore do I recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being...That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--for... the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted--for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge..."

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