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[[?]] Aug 4 1863 Lieut. Col. Jas O. Broadhead Provost Marshal Genl. Dear Col. I beg leave to introduce to you, Mr. Wm. E. Sloan, who desires to be appointed in the Naval service of the U.S. I have known Mr. Sloan since 1849, and have always found him honest, industrious and loyal — and he is a most excellent mechanic. Mr. S. is going to Cairo, to present his application to the examining Board there sitting, and I have given him a letter of recommendation; as I am not known to any member of said board, will you have the kindness, to endorse my
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