The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 54
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
some part later in preventing McLoughlin's acquisition of the
land, but, after some years, McLoughlin testified to his disinter-
estedness as an attorney.
Ricord did not tarry long in Oregon. In December he went
aboard the Hudson's Bay Company bark, Columbia, which, on
February 3, 1844, after a long delay caused by unfavorable
weather, crossed the bar into the Pacific on its way to Hawaii.
After a passage of twenty-four days it arrived in Honolulu, and
Ricord was obliged to spend two days aboard ship darning his
clothes, which had suffered from his long and arduous journey
from St. Louis. When he did go ashore, he carried in his pocket
a letter addressed by Whitman to the Congregational mission-
aries, recommending him to a position requiring legal training.
Gerritt P. Judd, then minister of foreign affairs, immediately
engineered his appointment as attorney general. In this capacity
he served for three years, and during this time he stoutly cham-
pioned monarchical government against republicans and cham-
pioned also the independence of the kingdom against those who
designed to make it a colony of a foreign nation. The result was
that he made many enemies, and, although his theological posi-
tion was similar to, if not identical with, that of the Congrega-
tional missionaries, he managed, through the vigorous prosecu-
tion of his duty, to alienate them. Although Ricord was never
in any sense the power behind the Hawaiian throne, he did
prepare important statutes organizing the three branches of gov-
ernment. In addition to serving as attorney general, he held the
offices of commissioner to quiet land titles, of notary public for
the town of Honolulu, and of registrar of conveyances for the
Ricord's bosom friend in Honolulu was Robert C. Wyllie, who
served as minister of foreign affairs for almost two decades, and
their friendship and correspondence ended only with Ricord's
death. Although Ricord and Judd were not mutual admirers,
Ricord was smitten by Judd's young daughter, Elizabeth Kinau.
Years later, when Ricord heard of her marriage to Samuel G.
Wilder, he was moved to write a poem:
'Tis said by those grown gray with age
(And long experience makes it sage)
Here’s what’s next.
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