. Senator Thomas led an Illinois faction hostile to JQA. An ally of Crawford, he sought
to embarrass and divide the Adams men by having the impending caucus offer JQA the
vice-presidential nomination. That he could be linked with Crawford, chosen as second
best, and, without consultation, made party to a deal infuriated the Secretary of
State. See Pease, Frontier State
, ch. 5, and JQA, Diary
, 17, 20 Jan., 4 Feb. 1824.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2016.