Carl von Donop

Portrait by Artist to Come

QUICK FACTS
BORN:
1 January 1732 in Hesse-Kassel (now part of Germany)
  DIED:
25 October 1777 during the Battle of Fort Mercer in New Jersey

Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.
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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)