This is a topic concurrent with and associated with the Quasi-War and something worth your time to get to know. The Alien and Sedition Acts.
I recently put the effort into updating my file on Lieut. John May of Haddam, CT. I wish that I knew more about him, but this is usually the case, eh? I particularly hope that some image of him may have survived and is with a descendant somewhere, and may be brought to my attention! Anyway, come read about the man -> HERE