The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 57
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direction in which he was going, he resolved to return to the
United States by the eastward route. He stopped in Singapore,
Amoy, and Manila, and perhaps in Japan also. On August 18,
1858, after an absence of some seven years, he arrived in San
Francisco, but he found that city an expensive place for a poor
man. He made a sortie to British Columbia, but Victoria was
bustling with the effects of a gold discovery, and, assailed by
unpleasant memories, he fled back to San Francisco, where he
accepted for a time the kind offices of Richard Roman, appraiser
general of customs, whom he had known in Texas almost a quar-
ter century before. Roman encouraged his going to Arizona,
which was then agitating to be established as a territory separate
from that of New Mexico, and indeed provided him with a small
law library for that purpose.
Ricord journeyed first to Fort Yuma and then, after a short
while, to Tucson. There he obtained appointment as notary pub-
lic and hoped to be selected one of the judges of the new territory.
When Congress failed to establish the proposed Territory of Ari-
zona, Ricord continued eastward, stopping first at La Mesilla,
New Mexico, and then at Austin, Texas. At this second place he
spent the winter of 1859-1860, and during this time he prevailed
upon the Legislature of Texas to pass two relief acts, one granting
him his salary for the years 1836-1837 and the other one-third of
a league of land, to which his early residence entitled him. He
immediately sold this tract and went to New Jersey, where he
was reunited with his mother and brother after an absence of
A few months later, his wanderlust reasserted itself, and he
was off to Liberia, where he had hopes of receiving an appoint-
ment as commissioner to make a treaty of amity and commerce
with the United States. He failed in this endeavor and, finding
the climate of Liberia unsuited to his constitution, he continued
to Paris, where lived his father's two brothers, both prominent
physicians. Dr. Philippe Ricord, personal physician to Napoleon
III, whom the elder Oliver TWendell Holmes described as "the
Voltaire of pelvic literature, a sceptic as to the morality of the
race in general, who would have submitted Diana to treatment
with his mineral specifics, and ordered a course of blue pills for
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