A series of 8 Autograph Letters Signed, 7 to George Smith (of Smith Elder, Publishers), 1 to Mrs. Smith, discussing books, sending his secretary Arthur Ricketts with a volume, presenting Mr. Smith with Realmah, discussing the publication of Conversations on War and General Culture (inspired by the War of 1870), also sending Some Talks about Animals and their Masters. 8 letters, 21 pp. 8vo, generally in good condition. Privy Council Office, 1868-1874. Sir Arthur Helps (1813–1875), public servant and author. Helps’s strong aversion to slavery led to his research on the Spanish conquest of America. First came The Conquerors of the New World and their Bondsmen (2 vols., 1848–52) and then The Spanish Conquest in America and its Relation to the History of Slavery (4 vols., 1855–61). After the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria turned to Helps to prepare an appreciation of her husband’s life and character. In his introduction to the collection (1862) of the Prince Consort’s speeches and addresses Helps adequately fulfilled his task. Some years afterwards he edited and wrote a preface to the Queen’s Leaves from a Journal of our Life in the Highlands (1868).