Papers of John Adams, volume 8

From Arthur Lee

From James Lovell

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Debates on fishing continued throughout the summer to 14 Aug., when the congress agreed on a statement dealing with the fisheries and placed it not in the instructions for negotiating peace but in those for securing a commercial treaty. Thus disagreement over fishing rights would not delay the signing of a peace treaty. The successful campaign to get JA chosen negotiator for peace and commerce with Britain assured strong advocacy for the fishery interests ( JCC , 13:241–242, 14:963–966; and see index to JCC ; Stinchcombe, Amer. Rev. and the French Alliance , p. 66–76).