. . . the Rev. Marcus Arrington, of the S. M. E. Church. He had taken the oath of allegiance, but violated it without hesitation. One can scarcely avoid the revelation that if ministers of the gospel, in the rebellion, so lightly regard the oath of allegiance and the promise not to take up arms against the government, it is of very little use to administer it to those who are supposed to have less regard for moral obligations and the sacredness of an oath in the sight of heaven.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 5, 1862, p. 2