1819, February 26: JQA in his diary writes “some acount of the political intrigues which have been working at Richmond upon the affairs of the Seminole War and General Jackson’s transactions. Some of the men of the highest standing and greatest abilities in Virginia are personal rivals and adversaries of Mr. Monroe. His popularity, however, throughout he state, supported by the weight and influence of Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Madison, is so great that they do not venture to assail him directly and in front. They are therefore constantly on the watchf or any occasions upon which they can attack his Administration; and Jackson and the Seminole War have furnished the best of which they have yet been able to avail themselves. They are hitherto unsuccessful. But the misfortune of Mr. Monroe is that the Virginians have discovered it will be necessary to make his Administration unpopular for the purpose of securing the next Presidency to a Virginian.”Source: Adams, Memoirs, IV, 278-279, Feb. 26, 1819.
Cited in Ammon, “The Richmond Junto.” Ammon points out: “Adams probably had Roane in mind as the candidate preferred by Virginia as Monroe’s successor.”