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Guide to the E. Vale Blake papers 1977.050

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

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Biographical note

Euphemia Vale Blake was born in Hastings, England, in 1824. She immigrated to the United States with her father, Prof. Gilbert Vale, when she was six years old. In 1844, she married Dr. Mayo Gerrish Smith and moved to Newburyport, Massachusetts, where she began her literary career. The couple divorced by 1856, when Blake remarried and relocated to Brooklyn, New York. She continued to write in Brooklyn, where her work was published in various newspapers and magazines under the name E. Vale Blake. She published a history of Tammany Hall in 1901. Blake died in 1904 and is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery.


"Death List of a Day. Mrs. Euphenia V. Blake," New York Times, October 23, 1904.

"Euphemia Vale Blake," Find A Grave, accessed March 18, 2015.

"Dr Mayo Gerrish Smith," Find A Grave, accessed March 18, 2015.