6. Palmer's letter and those of James Warren to JA
and Elbridge Gerry to the Massachusetts delegates
of 20 June (both below), and the Provincial Congress to the Continental Congress (Mass. Provincial Congress, Jours.
, p. 365–366), were sent to Philadelphia on 20 June. At New York, on 25 June, the express was intercepted by George Washington, who, after some hesitation,
opened the packet and read at least the letter from the Provincial Congress to gain recent information about the situation in Boston, particularly about Bunker Hill, for which he had had only fragmentary accounts (Washington, Writings, ed. Fitzpatrick
, 3:304; Freeman, Washington
, 3:464–465). The express arrived in Philadelphia on 26 June or early 27 June, the date on which the letters were read to the Continental Congress, giving that body the first official word on the battle (Jefferson, Papers
, 2:109; see also JA to James Warren, 27 June