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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
chosen negotiator for peace and commerce with Britain assured strong advocacy for
the fishery interests (
, 13:241–242, 14:963–966; and see index to
; Stinchcombe, Amer. Rev. and the French Alliance
, p. 66–76).