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.
Governor of Quebec; British commander-in-chief, 1782 - 83; 1724—1808.
Royal Governor of New Jersey, Loyalist, son of Benjamin Franklin; 1731—1813.
British general, Royal Governor of Massachusetts, ordered troops to Concord; 1719/20—87.
Last Royal Governor of Massachusetts; 1711—80.
James Madison (2011)