. Ninian Edwards (1775–1833) resigned as Senator from Illinois in 1824 in order to accept Monroe’s appointment
as minister to Mexico. Before he could take up his diplomatic post, however, it was
revealed that he had been the author of “the A.B. papers,” letters which made reckless
charges against Secretary of the Treasury Crawford. Unable to substantiate his accusations,
Edwards was obliged to resign (DAB
; JQA, Memoirs
, 6:296). The “present question,” of course, was the presidential succession.
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, 2018.