April 4, 1885 —
THE FOREIGN MINISTERS.
The new Minister to Mexico, Henry Rootes
Jackson , has already represented his country at
the court of Vienna, and is thoroughly at home
in the methods and the details of the diplomatic
service. . . . [H]e is a Southerner.
He went from Georgia to Yale College, which
graduated him in 1839, and he was the Colonel
of a Georgia regiment in the Mexican war; so
that, as again in the case of Mr. McLane, his
career furnishes abundant proof of ability to
discharge with distinction the special duties to
which the President has called him, and consti-
tutes at once an explanation and a justification
of Mr. Cleveland's ideas on the civil service.
Mr. Jackson fought during the rebellion as a
Brigadier-General, and since the termination of
that conflict has cultivated law and literature in
comparative retirement, although a leader of the
Georgia bar, and the author of several striking