Friends in Council: A Series of Readings and Discourse Thereon

Friends in Council: A Series of Readings and Discourse Thereon

[HELPS, Sir Anthony]

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Helps was named Clerk of the Privy Council in 1860 and held the post to his death. Shrewd, clear-headed, and highly cultivated, he made it his business to master as a matter of personal interest many of the questions that came under the view of the Council. When thrown into personal contact with Queen Victoria, she found him a staunch, thoughtful, and capable adviser. The Queen entrusted him with the revision of Prince Albert's speeches which were published in 1862, as well as other publishing projects. The "Friends in Council" consists of dialogues on social and intellectual subjects, written with much earnestness: truth; conformity; despair; recreation; greatness; fiction; the art of living with others; education; unreasonable claims in social affections and relations; public improvements; history; reading; on giving and taking criticism; improvement of the condition of the rural poor; government; slavery. Section on slavery is large and divided into sections, describing it as cruel, needless, unauthorized, mischievous to the master as well as the slave, etc.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: John W. Parker and Son
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Date Published: 1857
  • Place Published: London
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Very Good
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    2 vols.: viii, 355; viii, 323 p. 17 cm. 1st ed. Half leather with marbled boards and gold impressing on spines. Minor wear. Owner's signature on half titles. Both volumes foxed on the first and last few pages, but otherwise clean. Ink spatter on p. 128 vol. 2.