We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Today several bloggers, including myself, have chosen the Declaration of Independence as a subject for blogging.
Researching and refreshing my history, I was surprised that my memorized version of the above most quoted statement was incorrect. I had always said "inalienable rights." The quote is from the Declaration of Independence page on US History.org site of the Independence Hall Association, a non-profit association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
A number of bloggers apparently agree with me.
Having an inquisitive mind, I decided to do a little more reading.
Apparently, a number of us are misinformed. The Jefferson Memorial inscription of this sentence has several errors, according to this New York Times article today, included "inalienable" instead of "unalienable."
There is this tedious treatise, UNALIENABLE. I was more confused, than informed!
Then there was this more informative, and believable analysis; Unalienable/Inalienable. Apparently, Thomas Jefferson preferred Inalienable. Two known drafts in Jefferson's handwriting in The New York Public Library and The American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia) have the word, "inalienable."
Some of Jefferson's notes refer to gentlemanly debate over many topics. Just maybe Jefferson lost the debate of INALIENABLE vs. UNALIENABLE!
I stand with Jefferson....not that is makes a whit of difference!