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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
Tuesday,
November 21, 1871
Pittsfield Trial

case before Judge Higbee

Thursday,
November 23, 1871
Springfield, MA Trial

case before (judge?) Treat

Friday,
August 18, 1876 *
Date is approximate
Boston, MA Travel
Monday,
September 4, 1876
Worcester, MA Political Speech
Wednesday,
January 31, 1877
Case Hall
Boston, MA
Lecture Liberty

city assumed by mention of Case Hall

Tour:
80E
Tuesday,
March 20, 1877
Tremont Temple
Boston, MA
Lecture Eight to Seven

first public appearance in Boston

Tour:
77B
Tuesday,
March 5, 1878
Music Hall
Boston, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78C
Wednesday,
March 6, 1878
The Brunswick
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
78C
Thursday,
March 7, 1878
Opera House
Springfield, MA
Lecture Liberty

lecture titled Skulls in ad

Tour:
78C
Friday,
March 8, 1878
Music Hall
Boston, MA
Lecture Ghosts Tour:
78C
Saturday,
March 9, 1878
Mechanics Hall
Worcester, MA
Lecture Liberty

lecture titled Skulls in review

Tour:
78C
Tuesday,
March 12, 1878
Music Hall
Brockton, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78C
Thursday,
May 16, 1878
Haverhill, MA Correspondence Letter to Maud

written just before lecture

Tour:
78D
Thursday,
May 16, 1878
City Hall
Haverhill, MA
Lecture Liberty

lecture titled Skulls in ad

Tour:
78D
Friday,
May 17, 1878
Parker House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
78D
Saturday,
May 18, 1878
Music Hall
Brockton, MA
Lecture Reviewers Reviewed Tour:
78D
Sunday,
May 19, 1878
Parker House
Boston, MA
Interview Boston Globe

The Florida Fraud

Tour:
78D
Sunday,
May 19, 1878
Music Hall
Boston, MA
Lecture Reviewers Reviewed Tour:
78D
Monday,
May 20, 1878
Boston, MA Correspondence Letter to Maud

going to be home Wednesday

Tour:
78D
Monday,
May 20, 1878
Haynes' Opera House
Springfield, MA
Lecture Liberty

lecture titled Religion of the Past Present & Future

Tour:
78D
Tuesday,
May 21, 1878
Massasoit House
Springfield, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
78D
Tuesday,
October 1, 1878
Lowell, MA Lecture Burns Tour:
78E
Wednesday,
October 2, 1878
Music Hall
Boston, MA
Lecture Burns Tour:
78E
Wednesday,
October 2, 1878
Boston, MA Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
78E
Thursday,
October 3, 1878
Boston, MA Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
78E
Wednesday,
October 9, 1878
Springfield, MA Lecture Tour:
78E
Thursday,
October 10, 1878
Boston, MA Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
78E
Thursday,
October 10, 1878
Salem, MA Lecture Tour:
78E
Friday,
October 11, 1878
Lawrence, MA Lecture Tour:
78E
Saturday,
October 12, 1878
Haverhill, MA Lecture Tour:
78E
Sunday,
October 13, 1878
Music Hall
Boston, MA
Lecture Moses Tour:
78E
Saturday,
October 19, 1878
Malden, MA Lecture Tour:
78E
Sunday,
October 20, 1878
Music Hall
Boston, MA
Lecture Hard Times Tour:
78E
Tuesday,
April 13, 1880
Music Hall
Boston, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80C
Tuesday,
April 13, 1880
Boston, MA Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
80C
Wednesday,
April 14, 1880
Boston, MA Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
80C
Wednesday,
April 14, 1880
Music Hall
Lynn, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80C
Friday,
April 16, 1880
Liberty Hall
New Bedford, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80C
Sunday,
April 18, 1880
Boston Theatre
Boston, MA
Lecture Gods Tour:
80C
Monday,
April 19, 1880
Academy
Fall River, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80C
Wednesday,
April 21, 1880
City Hall
Lawrence, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80C
Thursday,
April 22, 1880
MA Lecture

Boston Investigator notes MA & NH tour

Tour:
80C
Friday,
April 23, 1880
MA Lecture

Boston Investigator notes MA & NH tour

Tour:
80C
Saturday,
April 24, 1880
Opera House
Holyoke, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80C
Friday,
July 2, 1880
Bass Rock House
Gloucester, MA
Travel Vacation

summer vacation

Sunday,
August 1, 1880
Music Hall
Lynn, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
80E
Thursday,
August 12, 1880
City Hall
Gloucester, MA
Political Speech Political Speech for Garfield Tour:
80E
Sunday,
August 15, 1880
Academy of Music
Chelsea, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
80E
August, 1880 Cape Ann, MA Travel Vacation

3 days with violinist, Edouard Remenyi

Tour:
80E
Sunday,
August 22, 1880
Highland Lake Grove
Norfolk, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved?

2500-5000 people

Tour:
80E
Sunday,
April 10, 1881
Paine Hall
Boston, MA
Miscellaneous at lecture by George Chainey

Lecture was Lights and Shades of Liberalism.

Tour:
81A
Sunday,
April 10, 1881
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture Why Tour:
81A
Tuesday,
April 12, 1881
Academy of Music
Fall River, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
81A
Wednesday,
April 13, 1881
Music Hall
Taunton, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
81A
Sunday,
April 30, 1882
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture Talmagian Theology Tour:
82A
Sunday,
May 11, 1884
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture Orthodoxy

Ingersoll Receipts for lecture: $1786

Tour:
84B
1885 Boston, MA Interview Boston Evening Record

Hell or Sheol and Other Subjects

Wednesday,
January 14, 1885
Pittsfield, MA Correspondence Letter home Tour:
85A
Wednesday,
January 14, 1885
American House
Pittsfield, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
85A
Wednesday,
January 14, 1885
Academy of Music
Pittsfield, MA
Lecture Orthodoxy

very meager audience

Tour:
85A
Sunday,
January 18, 1885
Boston Theatre
Boston, MA
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85A
Sunday,
April 19, 1885
Boston Theatre
Boston, MA
Lecture Blasphemy Tour:
85D
Sunday,
April 19, 1885
Paine Hall
Boston, MA
Miscellaneous Attended meeting of Ingersoll Secular Society Tour:
85D
Sunday,
June 21, 1885
Mechanic Hall
Salem, MA
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85F
Monday,
June 22, 1885
Boston, MA Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
85F
Monday,
June 22, 1885
Opera House
Lawrence, MA
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85F
Wednesday,
June 24, 1885
Whitney's Opera House
Fitchburg, MA
Lecture Which Way?

Daily Sentinel says first appearance in Fitchburg

Tour:
85F
Thursday,
June 25, 1885
Holyoke Opera House
Holyoke, MA
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85F
Friday,
June 26, 1885
City Hall
Northampton, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
85F
Saturday,
June 27, 1885
Opera House
Brockton, MA
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85F
Sunday,
June 28, 1885
Academy of Music
Fall River, MA
Lecture Liberty

audience of 350

Tour:
85F
Monday,
June 29, 1885
Boston, MA Lecture

no ad/Review in Boston Herald – spurious?

Tour:
85F
Sunday,
July 19, 1885
Adams House
Boston, MA
Miscellaneous Conversation with Buffalo Bill

possibly New York rather than Boston?

Thursday,
October 1, 1885
City Hall
Newburyport, MA
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85G
Friday,
October 2, 1885
Haverhill, MA Correspondence Letter to children

fixing up the lecture on Myth & Miracle – hope to have it alright for night

Tour:
85G
Friday,
October 2, 1885
Academy of Music
Haverhill, MA
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
85G
Sunday,
October 4, 1885
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
85G
Sunday,
October 4, 1885
Boston, MA Correspondence Letter to children

heading for Concord NH, then NY, maybe Cleveland

Tour:
85G
Thursday,
April 15, 1886 *
Date is approximate
Boston, MA Lecture
Tuesday,
April 20, 1886 *
Date is approximate
Barnstable, MA Trial
Sunday,
October 17, 1886
Parker House
Boston, MA
Interview Boston Evening Traveller

Prohibition

Friday,
January 14, 1887
Parker House
Boston, MA
Travel Arrived
Tuesday,
March 8, 1887
State Supreme Court
Boston, MA
Trial Snow vs Alley
Saturday,
August 6, 1887
Marblehead, MA Travel resting his throat

vacation

Thursday,
August 11, 1887
Marblehead, MA Miscellaneous watching yacht racing
Sunday,
September 18, 1887
Nanepashemet House
Marblehead, MA
Miscellaneous Summer Vacation

enjoying yacht racing

Saturday,
September 24, 1887
Young's
Boston, MA
Miscellaneous New England Club dinner

gave brief talk on the Anarchists – headed for NY afterward

Tuesday,
January 17, 1888
Parker House
Boston, MA
Travel
Wednesday,
January 18, 1888
Dedham, MA Trial Snow vs Alley
Friday,
January 20, 1888
Dedham, MA Trial Snow vs Alley
Monday,
October 8, 1888
Parker House
Boston, MA
Travel
Sunday,
August 25, 1889
Paine Hall
Boston, MA
Tribute Seidl Tribute
January, 1890 Boston, MA Writing God in the Constitution

article in “The Arena” – location uncertain

Sunday,
November 12, 1893
Boston Theatre
Boston, MA
Lecture Shakespeare

3000 in audience

Tour:
93E
Sunday,
November 19, 1893
Boston Theatre
Boston, MA
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
93E
Thursday,
December 7, 1893
Mechanic's Hall
Worcester, MA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
93F
Tuesday,
December 12, 1893
Holyoke, MA Lecture Lincoln Tour:
93F
Wednesday,
December 13, 1893
Huntington Hall
Lowell, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
93F
Sunday,
January 14, 1894
Boston Theatre
Boston, MA
Lecture Gods Tour:
94A
Monday,
January 15, 1894
Opera House
Lawrence, MA
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94A
Wednesday,
January 17, 1894
Opera House
Brockton, MA
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94A
Monday,
January 22, 1894
Court Square
Springfield, MA
Lecture Liberty

may have been Voltaire – or Voltaire was also given recently

Tour:
94A
Sunday,
April 8, 1894
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94D
Sunday,
April 8, 1894
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Interview Boston Journal Tour:
94D
Thursday,
August 16, 1894
Spiritual Association Auditorium
Lake Pleasant, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
94E
Saturday,
August 18, 1894
Spiritual Association Auditorium
Lake Pleasant, MA
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
94E
Sunday,
August 19, 1894
Spiritual Association Auditorium
Lake Pleasant, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved?

attendance of 12000 tried to hear lecture – 6000 could squeeze in

Tour:
94E
Tuesday,
November 27, 1894
Holyoke Opera House
Holyoke, MA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94G
Wednesday,
November 28, 1894
Court Square
Springfield, MA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Wednesday,
November 28, 1894
Massasoit House
Springfield, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
94G
Thursday,
November 29, 1894
Academy of Music
Northampton, MA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
94G
Friday,
November 30, 1894
Worcester Theatre
Worcester, MA
Lecture Holy Bible

Titled in ad as The New Bible

Tour:
94G
Saturday,
December 1, 1894
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud

Have had only a moderate week

Tour:
94G
Saturday,
December 1, 1894
Grand Opera House
New Bedford, MA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Sunday,
December 2, 1894
Boston Theatre
Boston, MA
Lecture Holy Bible

well attendend

Tour:
94G
Sunday,
December 2, 1894
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
94G
Monday,
December 3, 1894
Academy of Music
Haverhill, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
94G
Monday,
December 3, 1894
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud

yesterday weather was awful but theater was packed

Tour:
94G
Wednesday,
December 5, 1894
Lynn Theatre
Lynn, MA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Thursday,
December 6, 1894
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
94G
Saturday,
December 8, 1894
Opera house
Brockton, MA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Saturday,
December 8, 1894
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
94G
Monday,
December 10, 1894
Academy of Music
Fall River, MA
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
94G
Saturday,
February 23, 1895
Boston, MA Lecture Shakespeare

possible lecture in Boston *check this*

Tour:
95B
Friday,
March 1, 1895
Lynn, MA Lecture

Small audience

Tour:
95B
Saturday,
March 2, 1895
Opera house
Lowell, MA
Lecture Moses Tour:
95B
Sunday,
March 3, 1895
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture Voltaire Tour:
95B
Friday,
August 16, 1895
Lake Pleasant, MA Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
95D
Saturday,
August 17, 1895
Lake Pleasant, MA Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
95D
Sunday,
August 18, 1895
Lake Pleasant, MA Lecture Holy Bible

1500 in audience

Tour:
95D
Friday,
August 23, 1895
Spiritualist Temple
Onset Bay, MA
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
95D
Saturday,
August 24, 1895
Spiritualist Temple
Onset Bay, MA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
95D
Sunday,
August 25, 1895
Spiritualist Temple
Onset Bay, MA
Lecture How To Be Saved?

Temple filled to the doors

Tour:
95D
Sunday,
October 6, 1895
Boston Theatre
Boston, MA
Lecture Foundations of Faith

First Delivery of this lecture

Tour:
95E
Wednesday,
October 9, 1895
Webster Hall
Gloucester, MA
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
95E
Thursday,
October 10, 1895
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud

“Tonight I speak at Leonminster..”

Tour:
95E
Thursday,
October 10, 1895
New Town Hall
Leominster, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
95E
Friday,
October 11, 1895
City Theater
Brockton, MA
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
95E
Friday,
March 6, 1896
Court Square Theater
Springfield, MA
Lecture Foundations of Faith

small audience

Tour:
96C
Saturday,
March 7, 1896
Springfield, MA Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
96C
Saturday,
March 7, 1896
Opera House
Palmer, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
96C
Sunday,
March 8, 1896
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture Liberty

filled theater

Tour:
96C
Monday,
March 9, 1896
Lynn, MA Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96C
Tuesday,
March 10, 1896
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud

Very good house at Lynn last night

Tour:
96C
Tuesday,
March 10, 1896
Opera house
Lowell, MA
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96C
Wednesday,
March 11, 1896
New Town Hall
Leominster, MA
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
96C
Friday,
March 13, 1896
Worcester Theater
Worcester, MA
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96C
Saturday,
May 16, 1896
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture Liberty

great audience – Why I am an Agnostic?

Saturday,
July 4, 1896
Lake Pleasant, MA Lecture Declaration of Independence

about 1000 in audience

Tour:
96F
Sunday,
August 9, 1896
Spiritualist Camp
Lake Pleasant, MA
Lecture Why Tour:
96G
Sunday,
August 16, 1896
Spiritualist Camp
Lake Pleasant, MA
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96G
Sunday,
August 23, 1896
Spiritualist Camp
Lake Pleasant, MA
Lecture Agnostic

afternoon lecture

Tour:
96G
Saturday,
November 7, 1896
Town Hall
Worcester, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
96I
Sunday,
January 24, 1897
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture Reform Mankind

lecturing resumed after stroke. Smith has Jan 28, but appears to betypo

Saturday,
May 22, 1897
Boston, MA Lecture

Truth Seeker says this was tenative *check this*

Tour:
97D
August, 1897 New England Spiritualists
Lake Pleasant, MA
Lecture

possible several deliveries

Sunday,
October 3, 1897
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture Truth Tour:
97E
Monday,
October 4, 1897
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to children

“Good House” “head to Portland tomorrow”

Tour:
97E
Tuesday,
October 5, 1897
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to children

“Leaving for Portland”

Tour:
97E
December, 1897 Boston, MA Writing For Christmas

Published in “The Arena” – location uncertain

Tour:
97F
Friday,
April 15, 1898
Boston, MA Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
98C
Friday,
April 15, 1898
Quincy, MA Lecture Agnostic Tour:
98C
Saturday,
April 16, 1898
Rockland, MA Lecture Liberty Tour:
98C
Sunday,
April 17, 1898
Boston, MA Lecture A Thanksgiving Sermon Tour:
98C
Monday,
April 18, 1898
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to children

arrived here yesterday at 4:30

Tour:
98C
Monday,
April 18, 1898
Plymouth, MA Lecture Liberty Tour:
98C
Tuesday,
April 19, 1898
Attleboro, MA Lecture Agnostic Tour:
98C
Sunday,
October 23, 1898 *
Date is approximate
Boston, MA Writing Writings:

A reply to Rev. Plumb

Tour:
98E
Sunday,
October 23, 1898
Boston Theatre
Boston, MA
Lecture Superstition Tour:
98E
Sunday,
February 19, 1899
Boston Theatre
Boston, MA
Lecture The Devil Tour:
99B
Sunday,
February 19, 1899
Adams House
Boston, MA
Interview Philadelphia Press

John Russel Young and Expansion

Tour:
99B
Monday,
February 20, 1899
Lynn Theatre
Lynn, MA
Lecture Superstition

fair house

Tour:
99B
Tuesday,
February 21, 1899
Adams House
Boston, MA
Correspondence Letter to Maud

fine house here on – Last night at Lynn – fair house – be ready to go with me to Washington

Tour:
99B
Tuesday,
February 21, 1899
Worcester, MA Lecture Superstition Tour:
99B
Wednesday,
February 22, 1899
Orange, MA Lecture Lincoln Tour:
99B
Thursday,
February 23, 1899
Fitchburg, MA Correspondence Letter home Tour:
99B
Thursday,
February 23, 1899
Fitchburg, MA Lecture Agnostic Tour:
99B
Sunday,
May 7, 1899
Boston Theatre
Boston, MA
Lecture Shakespeare
Friday,
June 2, 1899
Hollis St. Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture What is Religion?