Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
1885 Boston, MA Interview Boston Evening Record

Hell or Sheol and Other Subjects

1885 Writing Inspiration

article in “The Truth Seeker” annual

Sunday,
January 11, 1885
New York, NY Interview New York Mail and Express

Religioius Prejudice

Tour:
85A
Sunday,
January 11, 1885
Academy of Music
New York, NY
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85A
Tuesday,
January 13, 1885
City Hall
Waterbury, CT
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
85A
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
Saturday,
January 17, 1885
Portland Theatre
Portland, ME
Lecture Orthodoxy

full house

Tour:
85A
Saturday,
January 17, 1885
Falmouth House
Portland, ME
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
85A
Sunday,
January 18, 1885
Boston Theatre
Boston, MA
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85A
Monday,
January 19, 1885
Opera House
Utica, NY
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
85A
Tuesday,
January 20, 1885
Opera House
Rome, NY
Lecture Orthodoxy

300-400 people

Tour:
85A
Wednesday,
January 21, 1885
Academy of Music
Auburn, NY
Lecture Orthodoxy

audience of “goodly proportions”, but didn’t fill hall (blizzard in progress)

Tour:
85A
Thursday,
January 22, 1885
Windsor Hotel
Gloversville, NY
Correspondence Letter to children

came from Auburn, going to Amsterdam

Tour:
85A
Thursday,
January 22, 1885
Memorial Hall
Gloversville, NY
Lecture

recent lecture noted in Amsterdam paper

Tour:
85A
Thursday,
January 22, 1885
Train Station
Auburn, NY
Miscellaneous Conversation with minister

With Mrs. Ingersoll

Tour:
85A
Friday,
January 23, 1885
Academy of Music
Oswego, NY
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
85A
Saturday,
January 24, 1885
Hodge Opera House
Lockport, NY
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85A
Saturday,
January 24, 1885
Powers Hotel
Rochester, NY
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
85A
Sunday,
January 25, 1885
Court Street Theater
Buffalo, NY
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85A
Monday,
January 26, 1885
The Genesee Hotel
Buffalo, NY
Correspondence Letter to children

just starting for Rochester

Tour:
85A
Monday,
January 26, 1885
Corinthian Academy of Music
Rochester, NY
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85A
Tuesday,
January 27, 1885
Wagner Opera House
Bradford, PA
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85A
Tuesday,
January 27, 1885
Bradford, PA Correspondence Letter to Clint Tour:
85A
Tuesday,
January 27, 1885
St. James Hotel
Bradford, PA
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
85A
Wednesday,
January 28, 1885
Breese Opera House
Norwich, NY
Lecture Cancelled Orthodoxy

cancelled Norwich lecture (due to blizzard) – rescheduled to 2/26

Tour:
85A
Thursday,
January 29, 1885
Metropolitan Opera House
Binghamton, NY
Lecture Orthodoxy

Not the first lecture in Binghamton, but previous was a long time earlier.

Tour:
85A
Friday,
January 30, 1885
Opera House
Amsterdam, NY
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
85A
Saturday,
January 31, 1885
City Opera House
Altoona, PA
Lecture Cancelled Which Way?

part of Liberal League meeting – miscommunication with league?

Tour:
85A
Saturday,
January 31, 1885
Music Hall
Kingston, NY
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
85A
Sunday,
February 1, 1885
Brooklyn Theater
Brooklyn, NY
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85A
Wednesday,
February 11, 1885
Kalamazoo, MI Lecture Cancelled ?

cancelled due to blizzard

Tour:
85B
Thursday,
February 12, 1885
Battle Creek, MI Lecture Tour:
85B
Sunday,
February 15, 1885
Helena, MT Lecture Tour:
85B
Tuesday,
February 17, 1885
Powers Opera House
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85B
Wednesday,
February 18, 1885
Toledo, OH Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85B
Sunday,
February 22, 1885
Brooklyn Theater
New York, NY
Lecture Blasphemy

First delivery of this lecture

Tour:
85B
Monday,
February 23, 1885
Albany, NY Lecture Tour:
85B
Thursday,
February 26, 1885
Breese Opera House
Norwich, NY
Lecture Orthodoxy

makeup date for snowed out lecture of Jan 28th

Tour:
85B
Sunday,
March 1, 1885
Albaugh's Grand Opera House
Washington, DC
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85B
Sunday,
March 8, 1885
Bijou Opera House
New York, NY
Lecture Liberty
Monday,
March 9, 1885
New York, NY Interview New York Mail and Express

Cleveland and His Cabinet

Sunday,
March 15, 1885
Bijou Opera House
New York, NY
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
85C
Sunday,
March 22, 1885
Bijou Opera House
New York, NY
Lecture Blasphemy Tour:
85C
Sunday,
March 29, 1885
Bijou Opera House
New York, NY
Lecture How To Be Saved? Tour:
85C
Monday,
March 30, 1885
Hartford, CT Trial Law case
Tuesday,
March 31, 1885
Hoffman House
New York, NY
Correspondence Letter to Clint

was in Hartford,CT yesterday on lawsuit

Thursday,
April 16, 1885
New York, NY Correspondence Letter to children

will be in Hartford on Saturday, Boston on Monday, then Providence – location uncertain

Saturday,
April 18, 1885
Hartford, CT Lecture Tour:
85D
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
Monday,
April 20, 1885
Low's Opera House
Providence, RI
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85D
Wednesday,
April 22, 1885
Home
Washington, DC
Travel Expected end of tour Tour:
85D
Sunday,
May 3, 1885
Opera House
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Blasphemy Tour:
85E
Monday,
May 4, 1885
Detroit Opera House
Detroit, MI
Lecture Blasphemy Tour:
85E
Tuesday,
May 5, 1885
Grand Opera House
Ann Arbor, MI
Lecture Blasphemy Tour:
85E
Thursday,
May 7, 1885
Opera House
Rockford, IL
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85E
Saturday,
May 16, 1885 *
Date is approximate
Janesville, WI Lecture

probable lecture shortly before Oshkosh

Tour:
85E
Sunday,
May 17, 1885
Columbia Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture Blasphemy

afternoon lecture

Tour:
85E
Monday,
May 18, 1885
Opera House
Oshkosh, WI
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85E
Tuesday,
May 19, 1885
Grand Opera House
Fond du Lac, WI
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85E
Friday,
May 22, 1885
Des Moines, IA Interview Des Moines Iowa State Register

Religion, Prohibition and Gen. Grant

Tour:
85E
Saturday,
May 23, 1885
Grand Opera House
Minneapolis, MN
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85E
Sunday,
May 24, 1885
St. Louis, MO Lecture Tour:
85E
Sunday,
May 24, 1885
St. Louis, MO Lecture

2 lectures

Tour:
85E
Wednesday,
May 27, 1885
Aborn Hotel
Des Moines, IA
Interview Des Moines Iowa State Register Tour:
85E
Thursday,
May 28, 1885
Grand Opera House
Des Moines, IA
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85E
Sunday,
June 14, 1885
Supreme Court
New York, NY
Trial Western Union vs. Bankers Telegraph
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
Tuesday,
June 23, 1885
Manchester Opera House
Manchester, NH
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?

Tuesday,
July 21, 1885
New York, NY Trial Telegraph case representing Edward S. Stokes
Wednesday,
July 22, 1885
Hoffman House
New York, NY
Writing Men, Women and God

preface to book by Helen Gardener

Tuesday,
August 25, 1885
Long Beach, NY Travel Vacation
Tuesday,
August 25, 1885
Long Beach, NY Correspondence Letter to household
Thursday,
August 27, 1885
Long Beach, NY Correspondence Letter to Sue

had better deliver a few lectures in NH & VT

Saturday,
August 29, 1885
Manhattan Beach, NY Miscellaneous Dogfight

Ingersoll’s mastiff involved in fight with minister’s dog

Wednesday,
September 2, 1885
Cleveland, OH Trial Law case
Friday,
September 4, 1885
Cleveland, OH Interview Cleveland Plain Dealer

Interviewing, Politics and Spiritualism

Saturday,
September 5, 1885 *
Date is approximate
New York, NY Interview New York Truthseeker

Some Live Topics – location uncertain

Saturday,
September 5, 1885
Cleveland, OH Correspondence Letter to children
Tuesday,
September 8, 1885
Cleveland, OH Correspondence Letter to Clint

had been in Cleavland for 10 days on law case

Friday,
September 11, 1885
Hoffman House
New York, NY
Correspondence Letter to household

mentions Rutland, VT – next Tuesday

Sunday,
September 13, 1885
Albany, NY Lecture Belief
Tuesday,
September 15, 1885
Town Hall
Rutland, VT
Lecture Which Way?
Friday,
September 18, 1885
Opera House
Burlington, VT
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85G
Thursday,
September 24, 1885
Kearsarge House
Portsmouth, NH
Correspondence Letter to children

dup of event 392?

Tour:
85G
Thursday,
September 24, 1885
Music Hall
Portsmouth, NH
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
85G
Thursday,
September 24, 1885
Portsmouth, NH Correspondence Letter home Tour:
85G
Thursday,
September 24, 1885
Philadelphia, PA Interview Philadelphia Times

My Belief – probably by correspondant

Tour:
85G
Friday,
September 25, 1885
Opera House
Farmington, NH
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
85G
Saturday,
September 26, 1885
Town Hall
Exeter, NH
Lecture Which Way? Tour:
85G
Sunday,
September 27, 1885
Opera House
Manchester, NH
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
85G
Monday,
September 28, 1885
Hayes' Opera House
Rochester, NH
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
85G
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
Monday,
October 5, 1885
White's Opera House
Concord, NH
Lecture Liberty

First lecture in Concord

Tour:
85G
Sunday,
October 11, 1885
Cleveland, OH Lecture National Liberal League Tour:
85G
Thursday,
November 5, 1885
Hoffman House
New York, NY
Correspondence Letter to Clint

plans to be in Chicago on Nov 22, some city in NY on Nov 29.

Tour:
85G
Saturday,
November 7, 1885
Hoffman House
New York, NY
Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
85G
Sunday,
November 8, 1885
Hoffman House
New York, NY
Correspondence Letter to household Tour:
85G
Sunday,
November 8, 1885
Brooklyn, NY Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
85G
Sunday,
November 15, 1885
Academy of Music
New York, NY
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
85G
Monday,
November 16, 1885
New York, NY Correspondence Letter to children

looking at houses

Tour:
85G
Tuesday,
November 17, 1885
Hoffman House
New York, NY
Correspondence Letter to household

renting 101 Fifth Ave

Tour:
85G
November, 1885 New York, NY Travel Ingersolls move from Washington to NYC Tour:
85G
Sunday,
November 22, 1885
Griswold Opera House
Troy, NY
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
85G
Thursday,
December 10, 1885
New Haven Opera House
New Haven, CT
Lecture Myth and Miracle Tour:
85H
Sunday,
December 13, 1885
National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Myth and Miracle

filled all the seats

Tour:
85H
Saturday,
December 19, 1885
New York, NY Tribute Wright Tribute