Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
Saturday,
January 5, 1884
Detroit, MI Interview Detroit News

Morality and Immorality

Sunday,
January 6, 1884
Chickering Hall
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Introduced Helen Gardener for her lecture Tour:
84A
Thursday,
January 10, 1884
Denver, CO Interview Denver Tribune

probably by correspondant

Tour:
84A
Monday,
January 14, 1884
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Travel

buying ticket for Denver

Tour:
84A
Tuesday,
January 15, 1884
Pacific Junction, IA Travel Telegraph to Denver Tour:
84A
Wednesday,
January 16, 1884
Denver, CO Interview Denver Republican

Free Trade and Christianity

Tour:
84A
Wednesday,
January 16, 1884
Denver, CO Interview Denver News

Politics, Mormonism and Mr. Beecher

Tour:
84A
Friday,
January 18, 1884
on train
Chicago, IL
Interview Interview:

quoted in Newark Ohio Daily Advocate

Tour:
84A
Sunday,
January 20, 1884
Tabor Grand Opera House
Sacramento, CA
Lecture Orthodoxy

Largest Audience ever in building

Tour:
84E
Wednesday,
January 23, 1884
Chicago, IL Travel

left in the afternoon for Washington

Tour:
84A
Friday,
February 1, 1884
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Times

correspondant?

Tour:
84A
Monday,
February 18, 1884
Home
Washington, DC
Miscellaneous Party for John McCullough

about 50 guests

Tour:
84A
Wednesday,
February 20, 1884
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Times

Wendell Phillips, Fitz John Porter and Bismark

Tour:
84A
Wednesday,
February 20, 1884
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to household

leaving tomorrow about noon

Tour:
84A
Friday,
February 22, 1884
Kansas City, MO Interview Kansas City Times

General Subjects

Tour:
84A
Friday,
February 22, 1884
Coates Opera House
Kansas City, MO
Lecture Orthodoxy

2nd delivery of this lecture – 1st at Denver

Tour:
84A
Friday,
February 22, 1884
Kansas City, MO Interview Kansas City Journal

Reply to Kansas City Clergy

Tour:
84A
Wednesday,
February 27, 1884
Las Vegas, NM Travel Passing thru
Saturday,
March 1, 1884
Springer, NM Correspondence Letter to household

gives travel details for past few days – no lectures noted

Saturday,
March 8, 1884
Raton, NM Travel

little speech in Raton at public insistance

Sunday,
March 9, 1884 *
Date is approximate
Colorado Springs, CO Travel
Monday,
March 10, 1884 *
Date is approximate
Manitou Springs, CO Travel
Tuesday,
March 11, 1884 *
Date is approximate
Denver, CO Travel
Wednesday,
March 12, 1884 *
Date is approximate
Central City, CO Travel
Thursday,
March 13, 1884
Opera House
Leavenworth, KS
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
84B
Thursday,
March 13, 1884
Leavenworth, KS Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
84B
Friday,
March 14, 1884
Topeka, KS Interview Topeka Capital Tour:
84B
Friday,
March 14, 1884
Crawford's Opera House
Topeka, KS
Lecture How To Be Saved?

1500 in audience

Tour:
84B
Sunday,
March 16, 1884
Pope's Theatre
St. Louis, MO
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84B
Tuesday,
March 18, 1884
Durley Theater
Bloomington, IL
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84B
Wednesday,
March 19, 1884
Central Music Hall
Chicago, IL
Lecture Orthodoxy

3000 in audience

Tour:
84B
Friday,
March 21, 1884
Springer, NM Correspondence Letter to home Tour:
84B
Friday,
April 11, 1884
Fifth Ave Hotel
New York, NY
Interview Boston Globe

Presidential Candidates of 84

Tour:
84B
Sunday,
April 27, 1884
Academy of Music
New York, NY
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84B
Tuesday,
April 29, 1884 *
Date is approximate
Washington, DC Miscellaneous

Introduced lecture by William Armstrong on nilism

Tour:
84B
Tuesday,
April 29, 1884
Washington, DC Trial US v Kellog

trial began

Tour:
84B
Thursday,
May 1, 1884
Washington, DC Trial US v Kellog

trial finished – Kellog acquitted

Tour:
84B
Sunday,
May 11, 1884
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture Orthodoxy

Ingersoll Receipts for lecture: $1786

Tour:
84B
Tuesday,
May 13, 1884
Providence, RI Correspondence Letter to Clint Tour:
84B
Tuesday,
May 13, 1884
New Haven Opera House
New Haven, CT
Lecture Orthodoxy

10th or 11th time lecturing in New Haven(!)

Tour:
84B
Wednesday,
May 14, 1884
Opera House
Hartford, CT
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84B
Wednesday,
May 14, 1884
New Haven, CT Correspondence Letter to home Tour:
84B
Friday,
May 16, 1884
Leland Opera House
Albany, NY
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84B
Sunday,
May 18, 1884
Buffalo, NY Interview Buffalo Daily Courier

Swearing and Affirming

Tour:
84B
Sunday,
May 18, 1884
Buffalo, NY Interview Buffalo Times

Reply to a Buffalo Critic

Tour:
84B
Sunday,
May 18, 1884
Music Hall
Buffalo, NY
Lecture Orthodoxy

4000 in audience

Tour:
84B
Monday,
May 19, 1884
Mansion House
Buffalo, NY
Correspondence Letter to children

came from Albany, next to Erie, PA

Tour:
84B
Monday,
May 19, 1884
Park Opera House
Erie, PA
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84B
Tuesday,
May 20, 1884
Bradford, PA Interview Bradford Era Tour:
84B
Tuesday,
May 20, 1884
Wagner Opera House
Bradford, PA
Lecture Orthodoxy

Not first lecture in Bradford – Filled Opera House

Tour:
84B
Wednesday,
May 21, 1884
Grand Opera House
Rochester, NY
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84B
Friday,
May 23, 1884
New York, NY Travel

source says RGI arrived from NY(in Phil. Press)

Friday,
May 23, 1884
Philadelphia, PA Interview Philadelphia Press

Blasphemy

Friday,
May 23, 1884
Academy of Music
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Orthodoxy

footnote indicates lecture that night

Thursday,
May 29, 1884
Hoffman House (Hotel)
New York, NY
Travel
June, 1884 *
Date is approximate
Youngstown, OH Lecture

Lecture around this time – before Jul 7- filled hall

Tour:
84C
June, 1884 *
Date is approximate
New Castle, PA Lecture

Lecture around this time – before Jul 7- filled hall

Tour:
84C
Friday,
June 6, 1884
Convention Hall
Chicago, IL
Political Speech Republican Convention

Ingersoll there

Tour:
88A
Tuesday,
June 10, 1884
Train Depot
Washington, DC
Travel Arrived

met at station by daughters

Sunday,
June 22, 1884
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84C
Monday,
June 23, 1884
City Hall
Columbus, OH
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84C
Thursday,
June 26, 1884
Opera House
Olean, NY
Lecture Orthodoxy

small audience

Tour:
84C
Friday,
June 27, 1884
Cleveland, OH Interview Cleveland Herald Tour:
84C
Friday,
June 27, 1884
Case Hall
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84C
Monday,
June 30, 1884
Library Hall
Pittsburgh, PA
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84C
Tuesday,
July 8, 1884
Grand Opera House
Des Moines, IA
Lecture Orthodoxy

1600 in audience – house filled

Tour:
84D
Wednesday,
July 9, 1884
Boyd Opera House
Omaha, NE
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84D
Thursday,
July 10, 1884
Academy
Sioux City, IA
Lecture Tour:
84D
Friday,
July 11, 1884
Minneapolis, MN Lecture Tour:
84D
Saturday,
July 12, 1884
Grand Opera House
Minneapolis, MN
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84D
Sunday,
July 13, 1884
St. Paul, MN Lecture Tour:
84D
Monday,
July 14, 1884
Travel

On Train

Tour:
84D
Tuesday,
July 15, 1884
Fargo, ND Lecture Tour:
84D
Wednesday,
July 16, 1884
Atheneum
Bismarck, ND
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84D
Thursday,
July 17, 1884
Sheridan House
Bismarck, ND
Interview Bismark Tribune Tour:
84D
Thursday,
July 17, 1884
Travel

On Train

Tour:
84D
Thursday,
July 17, 1884
Mandan, ND Lecture

*possible* lecture in Mandan

Tour:
84D
Friday,
July 18, 1884
Miles City, MT Lecture Tour:
84D
Saturday,
July 19, 1884
Bozeman, MT Lecture Tour:
84D
Sunday,
July 20, 1884
Livingston, MT Lecture Tour:
84D
Monday,
July 21, 1884
Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone Nat. Park, WY
Travel
Tuesday,
July 22, 1884
Norris Geyser Basin
Yellowstone Nat. Park, WY
Travel
Wednesday,
July 23, 1884
Upper Geyser Basin
Yellowstone Nat. Park, WY
Travel
Thursday,
July 24, 1884
Marshall (Hotel)
Yellowstone Nat. Park, WY
Travel

Hotel built in 1880 – near mouth of Nez Perce Creek

Friday,
July 25, 1884
Grand Canyon
Yellowstone Nat. Park, WY
Travel
Saturday,
July 26, 1884
Marshall (Hotel)
Yellowstone Nat. Park, WY
Travel

Hotel built in 1880, near mouth of Nez Perce Creek

Sunday,
July 27, 1884
Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone Nat. Park, WY
Travel
Monday,
July 28, 1884
Livingston, MT Lecture Tour:
84E
Tuesday,
July 29, 1884
Bozeman, MT Lecture Tour:
84E
Tuesday,
July 29, 1884
Opera House
Helena, MT
Lecture Orthodoxy

1000 in audience

Tour:
84E
Wednesday,
July 30, 1884
Opera House
Helena, MT
Lecture How To Be Saved?

opera house filled

Tour:
84E
Wednesday,
July 30, 1884
Helena, MT Correspondence Letter to household

have lectured here twice – leave in few moments for Butte City

Tour:
84E
Thursday,
July 31, 1884
Helena, MT Lecture Tour:
84E
Friday,
August 1, 1884
Helena, MT Lecture Tour:
84E
Friday,
August 1, 1884
O'Neil's Hotel
Garrison, MT
Correspondence Letter to household

I speak in Butte twice – tonight & tomorrow night – shall be in Portland on the 10th

Tour:
84E
Friday,
August 1, 1884
Renshaw Opera House
Butte, MT
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84E
Saturday,
August 2, 1884
Butte, MT Lecture Tour:
84E
Saturday,
August 2, 1884
Mt. Vernon Hotel
Butte, MT
Correspondence Letter to Mother-in-law Tour:
84E
Sunday,
August 3, 1884
Renshaw Opera House
Butte, MT
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
84E
Monday,
August 4, 1884
Renshaw Opera House
Butte, MT
Lecture Tour:
84E
Tuesday,
August 5, 1884
Missoula, MT Lecture Tour:
84E
Wednesday,
August 6, 1884
Spokane Falls, WA Lecture Tour:
84E
Wednesday,
August 6, 1884
Spokane, WA Correspondence Letter to household

Spoke here last night

Tour:
84E
Friday,
August 8, 1884
Small's Opera House
Walla Walla, WA
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84E
Saturday,
August 9, 1884
Dayton, WA Lecture Tour:
84E
Sunday,
August 10, 1884
The Dalles, OR Lecture Tour:
84E
Monday,
August 11, 1884
Columbia River, OR Travel Tour:
84E
Monday,
August 11, 1884
Mechanic's Pavilion
Portland, OR
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84E
Wednesday,
August 13, 1884
Mechanic's Pavilion
Portland, OR
Lecture Liberty

1500-2000 in audience – 2nd lecture in Portland

Tour:
84E
Thursday,
August 14, 1884
Rhinehart's Hall
Eugene, OR
Lecture Orthodoxy

about 500 in audience

Tour:
84E
Thursday,
August 14, 1884
Portland, OR Travel

staying in Portland

Tour:
84E
Saturday,
August 16, 1884
Mechanic's Pavilion
Portland, OR
Lecture How To Be Saved?

3rd lecture in Portland

Tour:
84E
Monday,
August 18, 1884
Forest Grove, OR Lecture Tour:
84E
Tuesday,
August 19, 1884
Portland, OR Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
84E
Tuesday,
August 19, 1884
Corvallis, OR Lecture Tour:
84E
Thursday,
August 21, 1884
Astoria, OR Lecture Tour:
84E
Friday,
August 22, 1884
WA Travel

On way to Olympia

Tour:
84E
Saturday,
August 23, 1884
Olympia, WA Lecture Tour:
84E
Sunday,
August 24, 1884
Olympia, WA Lecture Tour:
84E
Monday,
August 25, 1884
Standard Theatre
Seattle, WA
Lecture Orthodoxy

first lecture in Seattle – more than 700 in audience

Tour:
84E
Tuesday,
August 26, 1884
Tacoma, WA Lecture Tour:
84E
Wednesday,
August 27, 1884
Tacoma, WA Lecture Tour:
84E
Thursday,
August 28, 1884
Theater Royal
Victoria, BC
Lecture Orthodoxy

police attempted to stop lecture for alleged safety reasons.

Tour:
84E
Friday,
August 29, 1884
Port Townsend, WA Lecture Tour:
84E
Saturday,
August 30, 1884
Port Townsend, WA Lecture Tour:
84E
Sunday,
August 31, 1884
Seattle, WA Lecture Tour:
84E
Monday,
September 1, 1884
WA Travel

On Puget Sound

Tour:
84E
Tuesday,
September 2, 1884
Portland, OR Lecture Tour:
84E
Tuesday,
September 2, 1884
Salem, OR Lecture Tour:
84E
Wednesday,
September 3, 1884
Rhinehart's Hall
Eugene, OR
Lecture Liberty

at least 400 in audience

Tour:
84E
Thursday,
September 4, 1884
OR Travel

On Way to Ashland

Tour:
84E
Friday,
September 5, 1884
Ashland, OR Lecture Tour:
84E
Saturday,
September 6, 1884
Yreka, CA Lecture Tour:
84E
Sunday,
September 7, 1884
Mount Shasta, CA Lecture

town formerly known in 1884 as ‘Sissons’

Tour:
84E
Monday,
September 8, 1884
Redding, CA Lecture Tour:
84E
Tuesday,
September 9, 1884
Red Bluff, CA Lecture Tour:
84E
Wednesday,
September 10, 1884
Marysville, CA Lecture Tour:
84E
Saturday,
September 13, 1884
Metropolitan Temple
San Francisco, CA
Lecture Orthodoxy

2500 in audience

Tour:
84E
Saturday,
September 13, 1884
Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Correspondence Letter to household

interviews in the Sun & Examiner

Tour:
84E
Monday,
September 15, 1884
San Francisco, CA Interview San Francisco Evening Post

Politics and British Columbia mentions 8/28 lecture in Victoria, BC

Tour:
84E
Tuesday,
September 16, 1884
Dietz Opera House
Oakland, CA
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84E
Wednesday,
September 17, 1884
California Theater
San Jose, CA
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84E
Saturday,
September 20, 1884 *
Date is approximate
Santa Cruz, CA Lecture Tour:
84E
Sunday,
September 21, 1884
Metropolitan Temple
San Francisco, CA
Lecture How To Be Saved?

crowded house

Tour:
84E
Monday,
September 22, 1884 *
Date is approximate
Gilroy, CA Lecture Tour:
84E
Tuesday,
September 23, 1884 *
Date is approximate
Salinas, CA Lecture Tour:
84E
Wednesday,
September 24, 1884 *
Date is approximate
San Francisco, CA Lecture Tour:
84E
Thursday,
September 25, 1884
Petaluma, CA Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84E
Friday,
September 26, 1884 *
Date is approximate
Oakland, CA Lecture Tour:
84E
Saturday,
September 27, 1884 *
Date is approximate
Stockton, CA Lecture Tour:
84E
Sunday,
September 28, 1884
San Francisco, CA Lecture Liberty Tour:
84E
Monday,
September 29, 1884
Dietz Opera House
Oakland, CA
Lecture

Oakland infered from name of theater

Tour:
84E
Tuesday,
September 30, 1884
Ridgway Hall
Santa Rosa, CA
Lecture Orthodoxy

first lecture in Santa Rosa

Tour:
84E
Friday,
October 3, 1884
San Francisco, CA Interview SF San Franciscan

Ingersoll Catechised

Tour:
84E
Monday,
October 6, 1884
San Francisco, CA Lecture Tour:
84E
Monday,
October 6, 1884
Music Hall
San Jose, CA
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
84E
Wednesday,
October 8, 1884
Los Angeles, CA Lecture Tour:
84E
Thursday,
October 9, 1884
Los Angeles, CA Travel left for New Mexico vacation

5 week vacation

Tour:
84E
Thursday,
October 9, 1884
Los Angeles, CA Correspondence Letter to household

lectured here last night

Tour:
84E
Friday,
October 10, 1884
Las Vegas, NM Travel passing thru Tour:
84E
Thursday,
October 23, 1884
Louisville, KY Interview Louisville Commercial

Blaine’s Defeat – correspondant/dating problem??

Wednesday,
November 5, 1884
Maudeva
Chico Springs, NM
Correspondence Letter to household

Springfield IL on the 24th?

Tuesday,
November 11, 1884
Maudeva
Chico Springs, NM
Correspondence Letter to household

Have just concluded a new lecture called “Which Way?”

Wednesday,
November 12, 1884
Springer, NM Lecture Liberty

free lecture, given during public BBQ welcoming Ingersolls to Springer

November, 1884 Kitt Carson Monument
Sante Fe, NM
Lecture

orator for unveiling

Monday,
November 17, 1884
Trinidad, CO Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84F
Tuesday,
November 18, 1884
St. Louis, MO Miscellaneous

Delegate at National Cattleman’s Association

Tour:
84F
Wednesday,
November 19, 1884
Union Train Depot
Kansas City, MO
Travel had breakfast Tour:
84F
Wednesday,
November 19, 1884
Atchison Theatre
Atchison, KS
Lecture Liberty Tour:
84F
Thursday,
November 20, 1884
Topeka, KS Interview Topeka Commonwealth

Blaines’s Defeat

Tour:
84F
Thursday,
November 20, 1884
Topeka, KS Lecture Tour:
84F
Friday,
November 21, 1884
St. Joe, KS Lecture Tour:
84F
Saturday,
November 22, 1884
Coates Opera House
Kansas City, MO
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
84F
Sunday,
November 23, 1884
St. Louis, MO Lecture Tour:
84F
Monday,
November 24, 1884
Grand Opera House
Indianapolis, IN
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84F
Tuesday,
November 25, 1884
Opera House
Decatur, IL
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84F
Wednesday,
November 26, 1884
Evansville, IN Lecture Tour:
84F
Thursday,
November 27, 1884
Liederkranz Hall
Louisville, KY
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84F
Friday,
November 28, 1884
Union Depot Hotel
Vincennes, IN
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
84F
Friday,
November 28, 1884
Vincennes, IN Lecture Tour:
84F
Saturday,
November 29, 1884
Springfield, IL Lecture Orthodoxy

date must have changed from initial plan

Tour:
84F
Sunday,
November 30, 1884
McViker's Theatre
Chicago, IL
Lecture Which Way?

filled to overflowing

Tour:
84F
December, 1884 *
Date is approximate
Jacksonville, IL Lecture

state uncertain

Tour:
84F
Wednesday,
December 3, 1884
Academy of Music
Milwaukee, WI
Lecture Orthodoxy

large audience

Tour:
84F
Friday,
December 5, 1884
Lafayette, IN Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84F
Saturday,
December 6, 1884
Greencastle, IN Lecture Tour:
84F
Saturday,
December 6, 1884
Greencastle, IN Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
84F
Sunday,
December 7, 1884
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Which Way?

afternoon lecture

Tour:
84F
Tuesday,
December 9, 1884
Marion, OH Miscellaneous

in town for a short while – on way to Upper Sandusky for lecture

Tour:
84F
Tuesday,
December 9, 1884
Upper Sandusky, OH Lecture Which Way? Tour:
84F
Wednesday,
December 10, 1884
Cleveland, OH Interview Cleveland Plain Dealer

Plagiarism and Politics

Tour:
84F
Wednesday,
December 10, 1884
Case Hall
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
84F
Thursday,
December 11, 1884
Lockport, NY Lecture

obvious collision with Youngstown

Tour:
84F
Thursday,
December 11, 1884
Youngstown, OH Lecture Tour:
84F
Sunday,
December 14, 1884
National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
84F