It is not much wonder that people elsewhere have a bad opinion of this city when a newspaper, which is supported mainly by the business patronage of Dubuque is the principal cause and means of giving people at a distance the worst opinion possible of this city and its inhabitants. – Dubuque Herald.
Father Mahony has never uttered a truer expression and it is astonishing to us that the people of Dubuque, interested in its prosperity, will permit a vile secession sheet like the Herald to exist among them. It is a remarkable instance of forbearance that they have not long since risen up and pitched the dirty concern into the river and sent its editor afloat down the Mississippi. We venture the assertion that had they been governed by the same treasonable sentiments that that paper has sought to instill into their minds, the same disregard of law and order, they would have done this thing months ago. As it is their forbearance has brought a stain upon their city that will prove a curse to it so long as treason has a name in our country.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Friday Morning, May 16, 1862, p. 2