I hear often that George Washington said he did not want political parties after he left. I've had trouble finding a source for this. Also, since democracy was so young, wouldn't the idea of political parties still be a new concept?
[I went to add some notable references to the question and was led straight to the answer.]
In Washington's Farewell Address, 1796, he warned of obstructions that:
put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.
Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.
This isn't just my quick interpretation. In an opinion piece, Robert Alexander wrote for CNN:
In his farewell address, George Washington warned of the "continual mischiefs of the spirit of party" making it the "interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it." In other words, he cautioned against the dangers of political parties.
Read the whole speech for more.
p.s. Democracy wasn't an American invention and it wasn't young in Washington's day. Even American democracy wasn't young by 1796.