The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 52
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
by the Mexican armies within the year, and, indeed, of the five
Bexar was the only one with any governmental organization. The
others were depopulated in law and in fact. San Antonio was a
rough frontier town in which the former Mexican culture had
been almost completely destroyed by the Revolution and in which
the patterns of Anglo-American life had not yet been established.
It was to San Antonio that Ricord moved.
The records of the first district court of Bexar County have
apparently not survived, at least not in the place in which one
would expect to find them, and it is, therefore, impossible to
determine to what extent Ricord, in his official capacity, was
obliged to exert himself. In April, 1837, however, he began to
bestir himself in his own behalf. He accepted appointment as
attorney in fact to recover moneys owing to an assistant quarter-
master of the Texas army and as trustee of a land transaction,
and in addition he pre-empted a tract of land on the San Antonio
River. In a curious legal document he stated that he had emi-
grated to the Republic of Texas "in good faith as a volunteer
soldier" and was, consequently, entitled to a headright. He
claimed further that he had fenced a portion of the tract of land
in question and had "cultivated some portion thereof in a
farmer like manner." About the same time he acquired some
four thousand acres of land in the extreme southeastern corner
of the Republic, near the village of Beaumont.
Ricord did not remain long as district attorney. During the
year of 1837, apparently in the spring, his father died in Gua-
deloupe, and his son hurried there to settle his estate. In January,
1838, he was in New York, where he sold the four thousand acres
he had acquired, and then, apparently, returned to Guadeloupe.
Obviously Ricord's real estate transactions in Texas were more
involved than the deed records "indicate, for four different land
speculators were much concerned about his whereabouts. One
went so far as to write to Ricord's mother and brother in search
of reputedly missing conveyances. The assistant quartermaster,
for whom Ricord acted as attorney, claimed Ricord owed him
salary of $2,000, but this contention was certainly false, for this
man's compensation was not one-twentieth of this amount, and
Ricord had collected none of it. Perhaps the best estimate of
Ricord's experiences in Texas was that made by Dr. Branch
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