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HELPS, Sir Arthur, English author, born in England in 1817; died in London, 7 March, 1875. He was educated at Trinity college, Cambridge, became private secretary to the chancellor of the exchequer, and was appointed commissioner of French, Spanish, and Danish claims. He was afterward secretary to the chief secretary for Ireland, in 1859 became clerk of the privy council, and was knighted in 1872. Those of his books that refer specially to America are "Conquerors of the New World and their Bondsmen" (London, 1848); "The Spanish Conquest in America, and its Relation to the History of Slavery" (1855): " The Life of Columbus" (1869): "The Life of Pizarro" (1869); and "Life of Cortez" (1871). Most of his works have been re-published in Boston, Massachusetts
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