Congress being informed that Monsr. Weibert a French Gentleman and a Colonel in the Continental service who was lately made prisoner in Fort Washington has been committed to Close confinement contrary to the usage of civilized [nations] where no improper conduct hath marked the character of captive Officers, Resolved that Gen. Washington be directed to send a flag to General Howe and remonstrate against this severe treatment of Colonel Weibert and desiring to know of General
Howe whether he means to enlarge Colo. Weibert on his parole, or whether the United States are to consider this [as the] established mode for the treatmt of Officers on both sides whom the fortune of war shall place in captivity.

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Manuscript, University of Virginia Library.

1 Although there is no record of such a resolution in the journals, Lee probably drafted this undated resolve shortly before December 12. On that day General Putnam sent Lt. Col. Antoine Felix Wuibert’s commission to Washington, noting that “for want of which I am credibly informed he is confined in the provost guard in New-York”; and Washington immediately dispatched a letter to Gen. William Howe protesting Wuibert’s treatment. See Am. Archives, 5th ser. 3:1180, 1187; and JCC, 5:477, 480 – 81, 656.