Then, there was harassment coming from the north and on the sea that rankled the American populace. Following the War of 1812, a couple of generations later, was a succession of states that led to a Civil War. It is of interest to see the seed for some of this earlier in the century.
The USS Merrimack (1798) was a gift from the shipbuilders, and others, of Ipswich to the U.S. Navy to help handle the sea issues, such as piracy and privateering by the French. See XYZ Affair at the U.S. State Department.
03/09/2019 -- Add in a reference to the Quasi-war (and the XYZ Affair) with France that was during the last years of the 1790s.