Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
THE WESTERNER sez
I just wish Jefferson and stayed closer to Locke, who's trilogy was "life, liberty and estate."
Jefferson's fellow Virginian, George Mason, did so in the Virginia Declaration of Rights (adopted on June 12, 1776) which uses the phrase, "the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety."
If Jefferson had used Locke's or Mason's language our argument on behalf of property rights would have more "teeth".