John Jay was sent by the president to get the British to stop imprisoning their sailors, but only made useless agreements.
X Y Z Affair
This was Washington's way of saying he quit and gave advice about staying involved with the government, have children go to school, stay out of European problems, and to avoid political factions.
Alien and Sedition Acts
The political parties were split into two groups so that one party could get over 50% of votes
Three French agents (who didn't give their names so they were called X, Y, and Z) were only going to let Charles Pinckney, Elbridge Gerry, and John Marshall pass if they were given a loan of $12,000,000 and were given $250,000 as bribery.
It was to give the President the authority to watch over people who came from other countries and decide that if they were a threat that they can be placed somewhere else, and were not allowed to say anything bad about the government.
In passing of the Judiciary Act of 1801, President Adams and Congress were trying to pack the court system with federalist on the last day of his term because in 1800 the federalist lost both houses of congress and presidency.