Downfall of th Federalists

9781236821973: Downfall of th Federalists

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... repeatedly with the Federalists to thwart or defeat the measures of his own party, the friends of the administration banded together and rallied about the President to crush the rebellious leader. It mattered little that there were elements of truth in many of his charges, for his intemperate use of them destroyed their effect; moreover, Randolph and his friends were not intriguers, disregarded the spoils of office as a matter of principle, and poured contempt on their former associates who showed any tendency to weakness. 1806 John Randolp 1806 Turns insurgent and loses influence Results of Ran-do1ph's quarrel Monroe urged to become a candi date for. the Presidency There was a question, also, how far Randolph's conduct was due to genuine indignation and how far to personal envy of Madison, whose mild and vacillating character he despised, and whose influence he resented. Randolph's quarrel with his party, whatever may have been its cause, resulted in an attempt to make Monroe President, instead of Madison, whom J efierson had destined for the succession. Monroe, who was now in England, had been treated with the utmost consideration by Jefferson. To him the President had offered the Spanish mission or the governorship of Louisiana, but Monroe preferred to remain at his post to complete the work he had begun, hoping, doubtless, to add to that distinction which the Louisiana negotiations had conferred upon him. What complete disappointment awaited him we shall know later; but at this time Randolph and his followers urged Monroe to become a candidate against Madison, while Jefferson warned him that such a course would lead to nothing short of political ruin. The Federalists seemed willing to form any alliance which promised...

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