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before appointing him write to the permanent [[crossed out]] County [[/crossed out]] Union Citizens or Freedmen and ask for his his character 
I am Genl 
Recty. [[?]]

E.O.C. Ord.

B't M & Br Gn 

Transcription Notes:
Person was writing to a General, thus his closing was "I am Genl". E.O.C. Ord. is taken from two to three previous pages of these letters. This person was the Brevet Major & Brigadier General two or three pages back, you will see if very clearly.

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