New Orleans March 4 
To Your Honour Major General Banks I earnestly request of your honour to grant a hearing in behalf of myself and husband, My mistress has hired me out at the rate of ten dollars a month and times are so dull that I proposed giving my madame eight dollars a month she would not accept of it and said I should come home and she would find a place for me in the work house or in the parish prison where she has my husband Charley Jones for five months I have a son who is home with my madame and I dont want to go home but I am willing to pay a liberal price until so times get better So I entreat of your honour to look and examine my case for I shall do whatever you advised me to do anything that is just and right I earnestly request of you to ansure this and lete me [know] what I should do for to releive my mind for I am afraid she may come and demand me and take me to prison any moment when I am willing to give my madam a liberal amount for my time Receive this and tele me what I shal do I remain your Obedent Servant
Edith Jones to Your Honour Major General Banks, 4 Mar. , J-21 1863, Letters Received, series 1920, Civil Affairs, Department of the Gulf, U.S. Army Continental Commands, Record Group 393 Pt. 1, National Archives. No reply has been found in the letters-sent volumes of the Department of the Gulf.
Published in The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor: The Lower South, p. 429.