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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
Monday,
January 7, 1878
Powers Opera House
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78A
Tuesday,
January 8, 1878
Ann Arbor, MI Lecture Tour:
78A
Wednesday,
January 9, 1878
Toledo, OH Lecture Tour:
78A
Thursday,
January 10, 1878
Academy of Music
Buffalo, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78A
Friday,
January 11, 1878
Corinthian Hall
Rochester, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78A
Saturday,
January 12, 1878
train depot
Utica, NY
Travel Brief stop in Utica, traveling to Albany

on way to Washington (after Albany) for law practice

Tour:
78A
Saturday,
January 12, 1878
Collingwood OperaHouse
Poughkeepsie, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78A
Sunday,
January 13, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78A
Monday,
January 14, 1878
Martin Opera House
Albany, NY
Lecture Ghosts Tour:
78A
Tuesday,
January 15, 1878
Fulton Opera House
Lancaster, PA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78A
Wednesday,
January 16, 1878
National Hotel
Washington, DC
Uncategorized

with family

Wednesday,
January 16, 1878
12:00 AM *
Date is approximate
Washington, DC Miscellaneous Legal work
Monday,
January 21, 1878
Lincoln Hall
Washington, DC
Lecture Ghosts

largest assembly ever in that hall

Wednesday,
January 23, 1878
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household

lecture on Ghosts tonight?

Friday,
January 25, 1878
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to household
Saturday,
January 26, 1878
1417 G Street
Washington, DC
Correspondence Letter to household
Sunday,
January 27, 1878
Uncategorized
Monday,
January 28, 1878
Chickering Hall
New York, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78B
Tuesday,
January 29, 1878
Chickering Hall
New York, NY
Lecture Paine Tour:
78B
Wednesday,
January 30, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78B
Saturday,
February 2, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78B
Sunday,
February 3, 1878
Chickering Hall| Redpath Lyceum
New York, NY
Lecture Hell Tour:
78B
Monday,
February 4, 1878
Bevoost(?) House
New York, NY
Correspondence Letter to household

lecture last night

Tour:
78B
Tuesday,
February 5, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78B
Wednesday,
February 6, 1878
1417 G Street
Washington, DC
Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
78B
Friday,
February 8, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78B
Saturday,
February 9, 1878
Gilmore's Garden
New York, NY
Lecture Liberty

not more than 200 persons present

Tour:
78B
Sunday,
February 10, 1878
Chickering Hall
New York, NY
Lecture Ghosts Tour:
78B
Monday,
February 11, 1878
Odd Fellows' Hall
Washington, DC
Lecture Hell
Tuesday,
February 12, 1878
Odd Fellows' Hall
Washington, DC
Lecture Paine
Tuesday,
February 12, 1878
House Naval Committee
Washington, DC
Trial Council for Secor & Nat McKav
Wednesday,
February 13, 1878
1417 G Street
Washington, DC
Correspondence Letter to household
Thursday,
February 14, 1878
Washington, DC Correspondence Correspondence from RGI to Utica theater
Saturday,
February 16, 1878
1417 G Street
Washington, DC
Correspondence Letter to household
Monday,
February 18, 1878
Uncategorized
Tuesday,
February 19, 1878
Music Hall
Troy, NY
Lecture Hell Tour:
78C
Wednesday,
February 20, 1878
Utica Opera House
Utica, NY
Lecture Ghosts

1000 in attendance.Utica Weekly Herald has complete transcript.

Tour:
78C
Thursday,
February 21, 1878
Corinthian Hall
Rochester, NY
Lecture Individuality Tour:
78C
Friday,
February 22, 1878
Wieting Opera House
Syracuse, NY
Lecture Ghosts Tour:
78C
Saturday,
February 23, 1878
2:00 PM
Washington Hall
Watertown, NY
Lecture Ghosts

about 500 in audience

Tour:
78C
Saturday,
February 23, 1878
8:00 PM
Washington Hall
Watertown, NY
Lecture Liberty

about 900 in audience

Tour:
78C
Sunday,
February 24, 1878
Academy of Music
Buffalo, NY
Lecture Ghosts Tour:
78C
Monday,
February 25, 1878
Opera House
Elmira, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78C
Tuesday,
February 26, 1878
Academy of Music
Binghamton, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78C
Wednesday,
February 27, 1878
Music Hall
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78C
Thursday,
February 28, 1878
Grand Opera House
Harrisburg, PA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78C
Friday,
March 1, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78C
Saturday,
March 2, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78C
Sunday,
March 3, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78C
Monday,
March 4, 1878
Opera House
New Haven, CT
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78C
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
Wednesday,
March 6, 1878
City Hall
Portland, ME
Lecture Liberty 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
Sunday,
March 10, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78C
Monday,
March 11, 1878
Providence, RI Lecture Hell Tour:
78C
Tuesday,
March 12, 1878
Music Hall
Brockton, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
78C
Wednesday,
March 13, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78C
Thursday,
March 14, 1878
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Clint

returned to Washington this morning

Tour:
78C
Saturday,
March 16, 1878
Washington, DC Correspondence Letter to Washington Post

concerning story that Ingersoll didn�t pay his hotel bill in RI

Monday,
March 18, 1878
Washington, DC Writing Letter to Editor: The Circulation of Obscene Literature
Wednesday,
April 3, 1878
House Committee on Public Lands
Washington, DC
Trial concerning title to land in Iowa
Sunday,
April 7, 1878
Uncategorized
Monday,
April 8, 1878
Masonic Temple
Baltimore, MD
Lecture Liberty
Thursday,
April 11, 1878
Wormley's Hotel
Washington, DC
Trial French-American Commercial Treaty

met with French officials and Senators

Saturday,
April 13, 1878
Washington, DC Lecture Ghosts

seems unlikely given no coverage in Post

Tour:
78D
Wednesday,
April 17, 1878
Academy of Music
Baltimore, MD
Lecture Reviewers Reviewed

3rd lecture in Baltimore

Tour:
78D
Saturday,
April 20, 1878
National Theater
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous attended The Chimes of Normandy Tour:
78D
Sunday,
April 28, 1878
Pittsburgh, PA Lecture Liberty

lecture title was Religion of Past Present & Future – Date 26?

Tour:
78D
Monday,
April 29, 1878
Chicago, IL Trial made arguments 2 lawsuits Tour:
78D
Tuesday,
April 30, 1878
Terre Haute, IN Lecture Liberty

first lecture in Terre Haute

Tour:
78D
Wednesday,
May 1, 1878
Indianapolis, IN Lecture Liberty

title given as Intellectual Development -large audience

Tour:
78D
Thursday,
May 2, 1878
Springfield, OH Lecture Tour:
78D
Friday,
May 3, 1878
Masonic Opera House
Chillicothe, OH
Lecture Liberty

lecture title was Democracy of the Fireside

Tour:
78D
Saturday,
May 4, 1878
Pittsburgh, PA Lecture Tour:
78D
Sunday,
May 5, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78D
Monday,
May 6, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78D
Tuesday,
May 7, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78D
Wednesday,
May 8, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78D
Thursday,
May 9, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78D
Friday,
May 10, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78D
Saturday,
May 11, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78D
Sunday,
May 12, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78D
Monday,
May 13, 1878
Meriden, CT Lecture Liberty Tour:
78D
Tuesday,
May 14, 1878
Opera House
New Haven, CT
Lecture Liberty

lecture titled Religion of the Past Present & Future

Tour:
78D
Tuesday,
May 14, 1878
New Haven, CT Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
78D
Wednesday,
May 15, 1878
Opera House
Hartford, CT
Lecture Liberty

800-1000 people

Tour:
78D
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
City Hall
Keene, NH
Lecture Liberty

about 500 people present – lecture titled Religion of the Past Present & Future

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,
May 21, 1878
City Hall
Meriden, CT
Lecture Reviewers Reviewed Tour:
78D
Wednesday,
May 22, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78D
Thursday,
May 23, 1878
Uncategorized
Friday,
May 24, 1878
House Chambers
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous encounter with reporter
Thursday,
July 18, 1878
Brevoort House
New York, NY
Travel checked in
Friday,
August 2, 1878
Washington, DC Travel left for Europe

with family

Saturday,
August 3, 1878
Steamer Rhein
New York, NY
Interview New York Sun

Bob Ingersoll

Saturday,
August 3, 1878
Steamer Rhein
New York, NY
Travel Depart for 2nd European vacation
Wednesday,
August 14, 1878
Gillig's American Exchange
London, England
Interview Chicago Tribune

Will return by Steamer Rhein Sep 10

Saturday,
August 17, 1878
Robert Burns home
Alloway, Scotland
Travel
Sunday,
August 18, 1878
The Royal Hotel
Edinburgh, Scotland
Correspondence Letter to household
Monday,
August 19, 1878
Alloway, Scotland Miscellaneous Composed poem on birthplace of Burns
Monday,
August 19, 1878
Ayr Arms Hotel
Ayr, Scotland
Correspondence Letter to household
Saturday,
August 24, 1878
Royal Hotel
London, England
Correspondence Letter to household
Monday,
August 26, 1878
Hotel de Lamiraute
Paris, France
Correspondence Letter to household
Thursday,
September 19, 1878
Steamer Main
New York, NY
Travel returned from Europe
Sunday,
September 22, 1878
Home
Washington, DC
Interview Washington Post

That Cheerful Pagan

Monday,
September 23, 1878
Uncategorized
Tuesday,
September 24, 1878
Town Hall
Saratoga Springs, NY
Lecture Hard Times

lecture titled as Tramps

Tour:
78E
Wednesday,
September 25, 1878
Washington Hall
Watertown, NY
Lecture Burns Tour:
78E
Thursday,
September 26, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78E
Friday,
September 27, 1878
Concert Hall
Malone, NY
Lecture Moses

largest audience ever in Hall

Tour:
78E
Friday,
September 27, 1878
Franklin County Fair Grounds
Malone, NY
Lecture Farming Tour:
78E
Saturday,
September 28, 1878
Burlington, VT Correspondence Letter to children

“the houses have been good and enthusiastic”

Tour:
78E
Saturday,
September 28, 1878
City Hall
Burlington, VT
Lecture Hard Times

Title given as ‘Tramps’ – first lecture in Burlington

Tour:
78E
Sunday,
September 29, 1878
Van Ness House
Burlington, VT
Travel Stayed over as guest Tour:
78E
Monday,
September 30, 1878
Smyth's Opera House
Manchester, NH
Lecture Hard Times

lecture titled as Tramps

Tour:
78E
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
Thursday,
October 3, 1878
Low's Opera House
Providence, RI
Lecture Burns Tour:
78E
Friday,
October 4, 1878
Providence, RI Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
78E
Friday,
October 4, 1878
Music Hall
New Haven, CT
Lecture Burns Tour:
78E
Saturday,
October 5, 1878
Bridgeport, CT Lecture Tour:
78E
Sunday,
October 6, 1878
Philadelphia, PA Lecture Tour:
78E
Monday,
October 7, 1878
Chickering Hall
New York, NY
Lecture Burns Tour:
78E
Monday,
October 7, 1878
Hoffman House
New York, NY
Correspondence Letter to children

just got back from Philadelphia, “have cancelled 1 week of engagements to be home with you”

Tour:
78E
Tuesday,
October 8, 1878
Allyn Hall
Hartford, CT
Lecture Moses 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
Monday,
October 14, 1878
Granite Hall
Augusta, ME
Lecture Hard Times

lecture titled as Tramps – 1st lecture In Augusta

Tour:
78E
Tuesday,
October 15, 1878
City Hall
Lewiston, ME
Lecture Hard Times

Tramps

Tour:
78E
Wednesday,
October 16, 1878
Norombega Hall
Bangor, ME
Lecture Hard Times Tour:
78E
Thursday,
October 17, 1878
Lewiston, ME Lecture Tour:
78E
Friday,
October 18, 1878
Keene, NH Lecture Tour:
78E
Saturday,
October 19, 1878
Malden, MA Lecture Tour:
78E
Sunday,
October 20, 1878
Music Hall
Boston, MA
Lecture Hard Times Tour:
78E
Monday,
October 21, 1878
New York, NY Travel

Clipper says visit on this date

Tuesday,
October 22, 1878
Brooklyn, NY Travel

Clipper says visit on this date

Wednesday,
October 23, 1878
Brooklyn, NY Travel

Clipper says visit on this date

Thursday,
October 24, 1878
Paterson, NJ Lecture
Friday,
October 25, 1878
New Brunswick, NJ Lecture
Saturday,
October 26, 1878
Taylor Opera House
Trenton, NJ
Lecture
Sunday,
October 27, 1878
Uncategorized
Monday,
October 28, 1878
Twaddle Hall
Albany, NY
Lecture Moses Tour:
78F
Tuesday,
October 29, 1878
Albany, NY Correspondence Letter to household

lecture last night

Tour:
78F
Tuesday,
October 29, 1878
Opera House
Troy, NY
Lecture Moses

small audience – frequently applauded

Tour:
78F
Wednesday,
October 30, 1878
Utica Opera House
Utica, NY
Lecture Burns Tour:
78F
Thursday,
October 31, 1878
Wieting Opera House
Syracuse, NY
Lecture Moses

SDJ Ad of Oct 29 mentions lecture recently delivered throughout New England

Tour:
78F
Thursday,
October 31, 1878
Syracuse, NY Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
78F
Friday,
November 1, 1878
Opera House
Rochester, NY
Lecture Moses Tour:
78F
Saturday,
November 2, 1878
Academy of Music
Buffalo, NY
Lecture Hard Times Tour:
78F
Sunday,
November 3, 1878
Buffalo, NY Interview Buffalo Express Tour:
78F
Sunday,
November 3, 1878
Buffalo, NY Correspondence Letter to household

Houses better than in New England

Tour:
78F
Sunday,
November 3, 1878
Academy of Music
Buffalo, NY
Lecture Moses Tour:
78F
Monday,
November 4, 1878
Park Opera House
Erie, PA
Lecture Hard Times Tour:
78F
Tuesday,
November 5, 1878
Case Hall
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Hard Times Tour:
78F
Wednesday,
November 6, 1878
Whitney's Opera House
Detroit, MI
Lecture Hard Times Tour:
78F
Thursday,
November 7, 1878
Power's Opera House
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Moses

Changed lecture from Hard Times by audience vote.

Tour:
78F
Friday,
November 8, 1878
Opera House
Lansing, MI
Lecture Moses

originally Hard Times, but changed day before

Tour:
78F
Saturday,
November 9, 1878
Ann Arbor, MI Lecture Tour:
78F
Sunday,
November 10, 1878
Detroit, MI Lecture Tour:
78F
Monday,
November 11, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78F
Tuesday,
November 12, 1878
Union Hall
Kalamazoo, MI
Lecture Burns

full house

Tour:
78F
Tuesday,
November 12, 1878
Burdick House
Kalamazoo, MI
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
78F
Wednesday,
November 13, 1878
Academy of Music
Fort Wayne, IN
Lecture Burns

first lecture in Fort Wayne – subject changed from MOM

Tour:
78F
Thursday,
November 14, 1878
Lafayette, IN Lecture Tour:
78F
Friday,
November 15, 1878
Terre Haute, IN Lecture Burns

one of the largest audiences ever at a lecture in Terre Haute

Tour:
78F
Saturday,
November 16, 1878
Green's Opera Hall
Vincennes, IN
Lecture Moses Tour:
78F
Sunday,
November 17, 1878
Pike's Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Moses

full house

Tour:
78F
Monday,
November 18, 1878
Grand Opera House
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture Moses

Recollections of Ingersoll, 305

Tour:
78F
Tuesday,
November 19, 1878
Library Hall
Louisville, KY
Lecture Liberty

very large audience

Tour:
78F
Wednesday,
November 20, 1878
Cincinnati, OH Interview Cincinnati Gazette Tour:
78F
Wednesday,
November 20, 1878
Pike's Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Hell Tour:
78F
Wednesday,
November 20, 1878
Burnet House
Cincinnati, OH
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
78F
Thursday,
November 21, 1878
Library Hall
Louisville, KY
Lecture Moses

Lecture was changed from Hell to Moses by audience request

Tour:
78F
Friday,
November 22, 1878
Cincinnati, OH Interview Cincinnati Comercial

Criticism of his lectures

Tour:
78F
Friday,
November 22, 1878
Pike's Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Burns

Lecture may have been Liberty..

Tour:
78F
Saturday,
November 23, 1878
Columbus, OH Lecture Hell Tour:
78F
Saturday,
November 23, 1878
Columbus, OH Lecture Moses Tour:
78F
Sunday,
November 24, 1878
Hamilton, OH Lecture Tour:
78F
Sunday,
November 24, 1878
Phillips House
Hamilton, OH
Correspondence Letter to Maud

received letter last night at Dayton

Tour:
78F
Monday,
November 25, 1878
Lagonda House
St. Louis, MO
Correspondence Letter home

will be at the house Friday evening, Reading on Saturday, Baltimore on

Tour:
99B
Monday,
November 25, 1878
Black's Opera House
Springfield, OH
Lecture Hard Times

Tramps. Large & Select Audience

Tour:
78F
Tuesday,
November 26, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78F
Wednesday,
November 27, 1878
Opera House
Youngstown, OH
Lecture Moses Tour:
78F
Thursday,
November 28, 1878
Uncategorized Tour:
78F
Friday,
November 29, 1878
Washington, DC Uncategorized Tour:
78F
Saturday,
November 30, 1878
Reading, PA Lecture Tour:
78F
Sunday,
December 1, 1878
Baltimore, MD Lecture Tour:
78F
Monday,
December 2, 1878
Philadelphia, PA Lecture
Tuesday,
December 3, 1878
Baltimore, MD Lecture
Wednesday,
December 4, 1878
Washington, DC Lecture
Wednesday,
December 11, 1878
Uncategorized
Thursday,
December 12, 1878
Academy of Music
Baltimore, MD
Lecture Moses
Sunday,
December 15, 1878
Academy of Music
Baltimore, MD
Lecture Hell

lecture postponed to another date