Earl of Hillsborough (Wills Hill)

Portrait by Artist to Come

QUICK FACTS
BORN:
30 May 1718 at Fairford, Gloucestershire, England
  DIED:
7 October 1793 at Hillsborough House in Hillsborough, South Yorkshire, England

           

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Secretary of State for American Colonies. Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.

 

I set out on this ground, which I suppose to be self-evident, that the earth belongs in usufruct to the living; that the dead have neither powers nor rights over it. This, with its echo of the Declaration (self-evident) was Jefferson at his most terse. Except for the phrase in usufruct — a legalism meaning the right to use property for a certain time — Jefferson’s words could be chiseled in stone, or shouted on the hustings.

Richard Brookhiser
James Madison (2011)