. Protesting that his communication to the National Intelligencer
had been badly misunderstood (see entry for 18 Nov.
, and note
, above), JQA claimed that his purpose had been to refute the allegation that New
England Federalists during the War of 1812 had been in correspondence with British
agents; their intrigues with the British had been earlier, before the two nations
were at war. He announced that he had “under respectful consideration” a letter of
interrogation from “thirteen distinguished members of the old federal party” (JQA
to CFA, 8 Dec. 1828, Adams Papers
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, 2014.