The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 50
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
ficulty was a difference of religion; Dr. Ricord-Madianna was a
devout Roman Catholic, while Mrs. Ricord was a pious evan-
gelical of pronounced Calvinistic opinions. Her abhorrence of
the Roman Catholic Church was articulated in her dramatic
poem, published in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1842, entitled
Zamba or The Insurrection, the setting of which was the Island
of Martinique. Mrs. Ricord with her four sons returned to the
United States. After several years' residence in New Jersey, she
removed to Geneva, New York, where she opened a seminary for
young ladies, in which, it is said, began the great religious revival
of western New York.
John Ricord's earliest surviving letter was written in Wood-
bridge, New Jersey, on December 6, 1823, when he was about
eleven years old. This document would suggest no precocity, and
one may therefore assume that Ricord was a fairly commonplace.
DEAR GRAND PAPA
I take the opportunity of letting you know that all the family are
very well and my self am not very well. I have a very bad cold. I wish
to see you very much. I was very sorry to see you go away so soon
however I will try to come and see you and I wish you would come
to see us next month for Philip [his youngest brother, soon to die]
is not very well. I remain your affectionate grandson
When the family moved to Geneva, John was put into the law
office of his uncle, James Stryker, who then lived at that place.
A year or two later, Stryker moved to Buffalo, where he gained
some local celebrity as a judge and as a commissioner to arrange
the removal of the Indians from New York. It was in Buffalo,
therefore, that Ricord completed his legal preparation, and it
was there, on March 2, 1833, that he was admitted as an attorney
and counsellor at law. He practiced for a year or two in Buffalo,
in partnership with T. B. Stoddard.
In 1835 he resolved to remove to the Mexican state of Coahuila
and Texas, where another uncle, John Stryker, had lived for a
year or two. Stryker had settled in what is now the luscious
Lower Rio Grande Valley, at that time an arid region, and had
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949, periodical, 1949; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101121/m1/56/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.