Source: Reprinted by permission of P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, University of Florida. Hermitage August 27th, 1822
Dr. Bronough, I had the pleasure on last evening to receive your letter of the 22nd. It affords me great pleasure to be informed of your flattering prospects of success on your election (as Florida Territory’s first delegate to the House of Representatives)…. If the soldiers be admitted to vote you are safe, the army will stick by you…Under existing circumstances, it would be impolitic and unjust to make a property qualification. Residence alone, injustice to all, should be requires. This is the only rule that can be established until your land titles are adjudicated. And your vacant land, brought onto the market. Then in your constitution you can adopt such qualifications as you may think proper for the happiness, security, and prosperity of the state. Until then all freemen of six months residence should be entitled to a vote….
Source: Robert V. Remini, Andrew Jackson and The Course of American Empire, Vol III, Copyright (c) 1984. Reprinted by permission from Harper Collins Publishers, Inc.
...(T)he General's views on office holding became even more democratic as he grew older. He proceeded from the (idea) that all offices - whether appointed or elected - must ultimately fall under the absolute control of the people. Appointed offices should be rotated, preferably every four years. Elected offices must be filled directly by the people. In keeping with this principle, Jackson tried to abolish the College of Electors in the selection of the chief executive by proposing a constitutional amendment. In addition, he said, the President should serve a single term of no more than four or six years.... Moreover, he believed that United States senators should be directly elected by the people. Also, their term should be limited to four years and they should be subject to removal