21 Facts About Arthur Helps


Sir Arthur Helps was an English writer and dean of the Privy Council.


Arthur Helps was a Cambridge Apostle and an early advocate of animal rights.


The youngest son of London merchant Thomas Helps, Arthur Helps was born in Streatham in South London.


Arthur Helps was educated at Eton and at Trinity College, Cambridge, coming out thirty-first wrangler in the mathematical tripos in 1835.


Arthur Helps was recognized by the ablest of his contemporaries there as a man of superior gifts, and likely to make his mark in later life.


Arthur Helps was one of the commissioners for the settlement of various claims relating to the Gunboat War dating as far back as 1807.


Arthur Helps bought the Vernon Hill estate near Bishops Waltham, Hampshire, and a private income allowed him to turn to writing books and plays, which he dictated to an amanuensis.


Arthur Helps was not forgotten by his political friends.


Arthur Helps possessed admirable tact and sagacity; his fitness for official life was unmistakable, and in 1860 he was appointed Clerk of the Privy Council on the recommendation of Lord Granville.


Arthur Helps was involved with the Bishops Waltham Railway Company, set up to link the brickworks with the main London-Southampton line.


Arthur Helps financed the Coke and Gas works which lit the town from 1864.


Arthur Helps was affected by the banking panic of 1866, caused by the failure of Overend, Gurney and Company.


The brickworks went into liquidation in 1867, and Arthur Helps had to sell the Vernon Hill estate.


Arthur Helps lived for the rest of his life in Queen Charlotte's Cottage, near the main gates.


Arthur Helps was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1871 and a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the following year.


Arthur Helps was an early advocate of animal rights and was concerned about animal cruelty.


Arthur Helps authored Some Talk About Animals and Their Masters in 1873.


Arthur Helps's first literary effort, Thoughts in the Cloister and the Crowd, was a series of aphorisms upon life, character, politics and manners.


Arthur Helps's Essays written in the Intervals of Business had appeared in 1841, and his Claims of Labour, an Essay on the Duties of the Employers to the Employed, in 1844.


Arthur Helps possessed enough dramatic power to give life and individuality to the dialogues with which he enlivened many of his other books.


Arthur Helps went to Spain in 1847 to examine the numerous manuscripts bearing upon his subject at Madrid.