Thank you for the post, the book sounds interesting, I will pass the message onto the ggrandson of Thomas Helsby who I located a few months ago, as he may be interested as well. I will keep the book in mind. Were there any other inscriptions in the book relating to Thomas.
I have quite a lot of information on Thomas Helsby, he was a Barrister, who was admitted to Lincolns Inn in 1855, and "published" to the Bar 26 Jan 1858. Thomas practised in Manchester, but his legal work took a back seat to his historical work. He edited the second edition of Ormerod's History of the County Palatine of Cheshire in 1882, taking from 1874 to 1882 to complete the editing, a major task, for which he was paid one guinea a page. At approximately 2500 pages that would have been a fair sum in those days, although he worked long hours on the book.
Thomas died in 1903 in Bath England, he published a lot of papers on the history of the Helsby family, a few of which have come to light, but I am looking for a lot more. He also had in his possesion the original pedigree scroll of the Helsby family, the scroll's first entry being 1645, but the family go back to the 1100's in Cheshire. I do have photographs of Thomas, and could scan one if you are interested. Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org