Complaints Against Magraw

“The bill of indictment agains Magraw contained innumerable petty and some amusing complaints. His critics claimed that the superintendent was well known on the plains apparently had an old quarrel to settle with every trader on the road. Moreover, he had breathed anathemas and bitter denunciations against the Mormons, but as he approached Brigham Young’s domain his courage failed him. The disgruntled branded him as a coward. The crowning absurdity of his tyrannical egotism, they reported, was his urging each traveler headed east to take a personal letter introducing him to Magraw’s crony, the President of the United States, and advising the emigrant that the best possible introduction to Buchanan was to appear with the smell of good alcohol on the breath.”