. . .excites much attention at Washington, but it is said that a large proportion of the persons singled out by the committee as disloyal, and who have not already been dismissed from the service, will endeavor to prove that they are now perfectly devoted to the interests of the Government. There are several cases of this kind which have been successful in removing the suspicions attached to them. Whenever ordinary means will not answer the female friends of the accused party are brought to bear upon the sympathies of honorable Senators and the heads of Departments, and it is an argument that rarely fails.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, February 8, 1862, p. 2