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VALE, Gilbert, author, born in London, England, in 1788; died in Brooklyn, New York, 17 August, 1866. He was educated in his native city and was intended for the church, but he abandoned preparation for that profession, came to the United States in 1829, and engaged in teaching, making a specialty of navigation, and in lecturing, publishing, and literary pursuits in New York city and Brooklyn. For several years he edited the "Citizen of the World" and subsequently the " Beacon," a literary and scientific journal. He also occupied himself with invention, and patented a combined terrestrial globe and celestial sphere to facilitate the teaching of astronomy. Mr. Vale was a free-thinker, and his writings are for the most part arguments for his peculiar tenets. He published "Fanaticism, its Source and Influence" (New York, 1835), and the "Life of Thomas Paine," including his letters to General Washington, which are suppressed in other biographies of Paine (1841).--His daughter Euphemia Vale Blake, author, born in Rye, Sussex, England, 7 May, 1824, came to this country at an early age, was educated privately, and since 1843 has been occupied in literary pursuits and in inventions. She married Daniel S. Blake in 1863. She has published "Teeth, Ether, and Chloroform" (Boston, 1847); "History of Newburyport, Massachusetts" (1854) ; and "Arctic Experiences," a history of the "Polaris" expedition, with a summary of all preceding expeditions (New York, 1874).
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