The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 51
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laid out a town, named Santa Rita, which, shortly before the
middle of the century, was designated the first county seat of
Cameron County. In January of 1835, Stryker had been appointed.
United States consul for Goliad, and it was to that place that
John Ricord resolved to move and to hang out his shingle. He
arrived at the mouth of the Rio Grande about the first of Novem-
ber, 1835, and indicated that he was soon to leave for Goliad.
Doubtlessly he did establish himself there, but the outbreak of
the Texas Revolution put an end to any ambitions which he
might have had in connection with Goliad. He then went to
New Orleans, and, in May, 1836, with a pocket full of rec-
ommendations, he set out for Velasco, the temporary seat of
government of the Provisional Republic of Texas. Immediately
upon his arrival he was appointed private secretary to Presi-
dent David Gouverneur Burnet, who had known of Ricord's
family in New 'Jersey. Upon the inauguration of Sam Hous-
ton as president, Ricord continued in his position. His am-
bition was to obtain a job in the land office, but in this
he failed, although Thomas Jefferson Rusk, then command-
ing the army, asked him to be his private secretary. Not
wishing to leave the seat of government, Ricord declined this
offer. Within a short time he was appointed to a more im-
portant job. John Stryker was a reasonably close friend of Stephen
F. Austin, secretary of state, and this connection, apparently, was
the cause of Ricord's appointment as chief clerk of the depart-
ment. Ricord was serving in this position during the second half
of December, 1836, when Austin fell ill, and it seems that, for a
few days, before Austin's death, Ricord, as chief clerk, was acting
secretary. Ricord's services in the executive department were
highly praised by President Burnet, who described him as "a
young Gentleman of good education and unexceptionable mor-
als" who discharged his functions "with a zeal, fidelity, and inde-
fatigable industry worthy of all accommodation." President Hous-
ton, too, was satisfied with Ricord's services, for on December 19.
he appointed him district attorney of the Fourth District of the
This district was made up of Bexar, Goliad, Refugio, San
Patricio, and Victoria counties. All of these had been devastated
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