Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
June, 1852 Greenville, IL Writing Poem in Greenville Journal
Friday,
August 31, 1877
Peoria, IL Writing Letter to Editor: Letter to editor, NY Observer

Part of Vindication of Thomas Paine

Monday,
October 8, 1877
Peoria, IL Writing Letter to Editor: Letter to editor, NY Observer

Part of Vindication of Thomas Paine

Friday,
November 2, 1877
Peoria, IL Writing Letter to Editor: Letter to editor, NY Observer

Part of Vindication of Thomas Paine

Monday,
November 5, 1877
Writing Letter to Editor: Letter to Editor?

Letter to Utica Herald

Monday,
March 18, 1878
Washington, DC Writing Letter to Editor: The Circulation of Obscene Literature
Wednesday,
May 7, 1879
Washington, DC Writing Letter to Editor: Chicago Bible Class

Letter to Editor of Chicago Times

Tuesday,
October 7, 1879
Washington, DC Writing preface to Mistakes of Moses

preface

Tour:
79E
Saturday,
November 29, 1879
Washington, DC Writing Modern Thinkers

preface to book by Prof. Van Buren Denslow

Saturday,
March 27, 1880
Washington, DC Writing Chinese God

Letter to the Editor, Chicago Times?

August, 1881 Writing Article

The Christian Religion

November, 1881 Writing Article
Wednesday,
December 21, 1881
Washington, DC Writing Brain and Bible

preface to book

Monday,
January 23, 1882
Indianapolis, IN Writing Answers to Clergymen

Letter in Iconoclast

1885 Writing Inspiration

article in “The Truth Seeker” annual

Wednesday,
July 22, 1885
Hoffman House
New York, NY
Writing Men, Women and God

preface to book by Helen Gardener

Saturday,
January 8, 1887
Toronto, ONT Writing Edit Liberal Paper

Published in “Secular Thought” – location uncertain

Saturday,
February 19, 1887
New York, NY Writing Truth of History

in The Truth Seeker

March, 1887 Writing Some Interrogation Points

Journal article – written before Mar 15

October, 1887 *
Date is approximate
Writing Her Daily Bread

book preface Maximum date via publication date (Not in LOC)

March, 1888 Writing Art and Morality

location where written indeterminate

August, 1888 Writing Divided Faith

Article in North American Review

October, 1888 New York, NY Writing Libel Laws

in The Herald

Saturday,
December 15, 1888
New York, NY Writing newspaper article

in The Herald

April, 1889 Writing Huxley?

article in North American Review

October, 1889 Writing magazine debate

in Nov. North American Review

January, 1890 Boston, MA Writing God in the Constitution

article in “The Arena” – location uncertain

Sunday,
February 23, 1890
New York, NY Writing Improved Man

article in “The World” – location uncertain

Thursday,
April 24, 1890
New York, NY Writing Crumbling Creeds

Newspaper is “The Twentieth Century”

1890 New York, NY Writing Freethought Constructive?

The Truth Seeker newspaper article location uncertain

1891 Writing Corporal Punishment

unfinished work found in RGI papers

1891 Writing Is Avarice Triumphant

later than June – reply to North American Review

Saturday,
December 19, 1891
Evening Telegram
New York, NY
Writing Christmas Sermon
Friday,
February 5, 1892
New York, NY Writing Christmas Sermon Reply
Saturday,
March 5, 1892
Norwich, CT Writing Letter to Editor

What has the Bible Produced?

Tour:
92A
Saturday,
March 5, 1892 *
Date is approximate
New York, NY Writing Reply to Rev Hall & Van Norden Tour:
92A
Sunday,
December 25, 1892
New York, NY Writing Agnostic Christmas

Seems like newspaper article, not speech. RGI location indeterminate

Saturday,
September 29, 1894
New York, NY Writing Elmira Reformatory

Letter to the editor of NY World

Thursday,
October 3, 1895
Walston
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Writing Letter to Editor

concerning false story of pickpocket in Elmwood

Sunday,
January 12, 1896
Toledo, OH Writing letter to NY Journal>

explaining remarks on People’s church

Tour:
96A
Thursday,
January 23, 1896
New York, NY Writing College Bigotry
December, 1897 Boston, MA Writing For Christmas

Published in “The Arena” – location uncertain

Tour:
97F
1898 Writing Look Backward & Prophecy

Truth Seeker article?

June, 1898 *
Date is approximate
Writing Substitute for Bible

Written for Boston Investigator ‘Symposium’

July, 1898 Writing Chinese Exclusion

Article in North American Review

Sunday,
October 23, 1898 *
Date is approximate
Boston, MA Writing Writings:

A reply to Rev. Plumb

Tour:
98E
July, 1899 Writing Jesus Christ

Unfinished lecture started a few days before his death.