. Ostensibly because the National Intelligencer
had failed to print all the documents relating to the slave trade convention the
Monroe administration had negotiated with Great Britain but instead had published
only a selection of the papers hostile to that treaty, JQA had authorized the publication
of official papers from the State Department in the rival National Journal.
The fact that the Intelligencer
was neutral on the presidential question, while the Journal
was devotedly promoting JQA’s chances, doubtless influenced the Secretary’s decision.
When the editors of the Intelligencer
objected, JQA tartly defended his action and announced: “The Secretary of State asks
neither the favor or the friendship of the Editors of the Intelligencer.” See his
unsigned article in the National Journal,
10 July 1824, as reprinted in the Daily National Intelligencer,
12 July 1824. For further developments in this controversy, see entries for 17