No...not a general ping, but thanks for my ping. Well-known that The General disliked “factions,” but how to stop them? He, Adams and Hamilton were the main Federalists, and Jefferson was their main rival with the Democrat-Republicans. I always thought it a bit naive of The General to think that parties or “factions” could be avoided; I imagine that he believed many others were as good to the core as he himself was, but he was disappointed in many (esp. Jefferson).