Strangers to Us All
Lawyers and Poetry

Harper's Weekly
April 4, 1885 — (p. 222)

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 poems.