We are pleased to see that Gen. Halleck has recommended clergymen to take the oath of allegiance, that the people may be able to distinguish between the loyal and disloyal of that profession. There are several ministers there who sympathize with the rebels, but who in order to retain their places, have been trying to sail under neutral colors. It is now time that they show their hands. A man who sympathizes with treason is not fit to teach religion. A man that betrays his country is no better than one who betrayed the Head of the Church.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, February 8, 1862, p. 2