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. 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.
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