Letter:Life, liberty and happiness

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Sir: The phrase "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" is not to be found in the US Constitution of 1787 as you maintain (leading article; "Why the Government should give us all a break", 31 July). Rather, it is in the Declaration of Independence from the British Crown, penned by Thomas Jefferson 11 years earlier.

STEVEN HENNING SIEVERTS

London NW6

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