THE; HON. EDWARD
BLAKE, O.C., eldest son of William Hume Blake, was born at Bear Creek, county of Middlesex, on the 13th October, 1S33• When Edward was a few months old his father re-moved to Toronto. As a lad he gave evidence of great mental powers. He was an omnivorous reader, had unusual capacity for assimilation, and an excellent memory. He was a successful competitor for the Governor - General's prize, and subsequently entered the Toronto University. He was admitted as attorney in 1856, and the following Michaelmas term was called to the bar. He carried on business for some time alone, and then entered in-to partnership with Mr. Stephen Wavle Jarvis. Thereafter, the name of the firm many times changed. In 1838 he married Margaret, daughter of the late Bishop Cronyn, of Huron.