An excellent piece, and a fun read to boot. And, yes, please do pet our soft, luxuriant hair.
"Federalist" in 1787 actually meant "having soft luxuriant hair suitable for petting." So I think the name is totally appropriate.
The plan of government now proposed is evidently calculated totally to change, in time, our condition as a people. Instead of being thirteen republics, under a federal head, it is clearly designed to make us one consolidated government. Of this, I think, I shall fully convince you, in my following letters on this subject. This consolidation of the states has been the object of several men in this country for some time past. Whether such a change can ever be effected in any manner; whether it can be effected without convulsions and civil wars; whether such a change will not totally destroy the liberties of this country — time only can determine.