. The critical New York legislature was almost evenly divided between the supporters
of JQA and Crawford, with Clay’s friends holding the balance of power. Admonishing
his New York followers not to make any deals, JQA urged them to delay the legislature’s
decision as long as possible, so that pro-Adams sentiment could gather, and to work
for a new election law, which would allow the people to vote directly for the state’s
electors. For an earlier report on the New York political situation, see entry for
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.