Source: Reprinted by permission of P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, University of Florida.
Hermitage August 27th, 1822
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
Source: H. Eaton, A Treatise on the Intellectual Character and Civil and Political Condition of the Colored People of the United States, 1837. Jackson’s Call “To the Free Coloured Inhabitants of Louisiana” before the Battle of New Orleans, September 21,1814
Through a mistaken policy you have heretofore been deprived of a participation in the glorious struggle for national rights, in which our country is engaged. This shall no longer exist…. To every noblehearted free man of color, volunteering to serve to the present contest with Great Britain and no longer, there will be paid the same bounty in money and lands now received by the white soldiers of the United States, viz. $124 in money, and 160 acres of land. The non-commis sioned officers and privates will also be entitled to the same monthly pay and daily rations and clothes furnished to any American soldier. On enrolling yourselves in companies, the major general com manding will select officers for your government, from your fellow white citizens. Your non-commissioned officers will be appointed from among yourselves. Due regard will be paid to the feelings of freemen and soldiers. You will not, by being associated with white men in the same corps, be exposed to improper comparisons or unjust sarcasm. As a distinct, indepen dent battalion or regiment, pursuing the path of glory, you will, undivided, receive the applause and gratitude of your countrymen.