Robert Green Ingersoll Chronology

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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
1891 Writing Corporal Punishment

unfinished work found in RGI papers

1891 Writing Is Avarice Triumphant

later than June – reply to North American Review

Friday,
January 30, 1891
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children
Saturday,
January 31, 1891
West Hotel
Minneapolis, MN
Correspondence Letter to children
Saturday,
January 31, 1891
Minneapolis, MN Travel

announced possible lecture upon return from West, and debate on Shakespeare

Monday,
February 2, 1891
Helena, MT Travel

Arrived in Helena for Davis Will Case – first time there since 1883 (sic – 1885)

Wednesday,
February 4, 1891
The Helena Hotel
Helena, MT
Correspondence Letter to children

Involved in mandemous case

Wednesday,
February 4, 1891
Hotel Helena
Helena, MT
Interview Helena Journal

was last in Helena when Cleveland was on his way to Washington(around Feb ’85)

Friday,
February 6, 1891
Ming's Opera House
Helena, MT
Lecture Shakespeare

first lecture in Helena for 6 years. Delivered as benefit for orphaned children

Saturday,
February 7, 1891
Montana Supreme Court
Helena, MT
Trial Davis Will Case

Davis Will case concludes

Saturday,
February 28, 1891
New York, NY Lecture Facts Tour:
91A
Sunday,
March 1, 1891
Griswold Opera House
Troy, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
91A
Tuesday,
March 3, 1891
Broadway Theater
New York, NY
Lecture Speech to Lambs Club Tour:
91A
Sunday,
March 8, 1891
Proctor's Theatre
Albany, NY
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
91A
Friday,
March 13, 1891
Griswold Opera House
Troy, NY
Lecture Orthodoxy Tour:
91A
Sunday,
March 22, 1891
Broadway Theater
New York, NY
Lecture Shakespeare

Contained the Tribute to Barrett

Tour:
91A
Thursday,
April 2, 1891
Liederkranz Club
New York, NY
Lecture Seidl-Stanton Banquet
Sunday,
April 12, 1891
Academy of Music
Brooklyn, NY
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
91B
Sunday,
April 19, 1891
Lyceum Theater
Rochester, NY
Lecture Shakespeare

striken with appendicitus(?)

Tour:
91B
Monday,
April 27, 1891
Home?
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Sick
Saturday,
May 2, 1891
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, NY
Lecture Liberty

filled to utmost capacity

Tour:
91C
Sunday,
May 3, 1891
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, NY
Lecture Liberty

benefit for New York Ethical Society

Tour:
91C
Monday,
May 11, 1891
Chicago Auditorium
Chicago, IL
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
91C
Wednesday,
May 13, 1891
Lyceum Theater
Minneapolis, MN
Lecture Shakespeare

3rd time this lecture presented

Tour:
91C
Thursday,
May 14, 1891
People's Church
St. Paul, MN
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
91C
Saturday,
May 16, 1891
St. Paul, MN Correspondence Letter to Clint

“we start in a moment for Butte”

Monday,
May 18, 1891
Hotel Broadwater
Helena, MT
Miscellaneous Our Visiting Friends

Toast – date could also be May 25.

Tuesday,
May 19, 1891
Butte, MT Travel Ingersoll & family arrived in Butte

in town for Davis Will Case

Wednesday,
May 20, 1891
Butte, MT Trial Davis Will Case Starts
Tuesday,
May 26, 1891
Duluth, MN Interview Duluth News
Wednesday,
May 27, 1891
Temple Opera House
Duluth, MN
Lecture Shakespeare

opera house filled

Tour:
91D
Friday,
May 29, 1891
Lyceum Theater
Minneapolis, MN
Lecture Myth and Miracle

theater filled

Tour:
91D
Friday,
May 29, 1891
Minneapolis, MN Interview Minneapolis Tribune

Shakespeare and Bacon

Tour:
91D
Saturday,
May 30, 1891
Grand Opera House
Omaha, NE
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
91D
Tuesday,
June 2, 1891
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Interview Chicago Times

Hot Shots for Presbyterians

Tour:
91D
Wednesday,
June 3, 1891
Toledo, OH Interview Toledo Blade

Growing Old Gracefully, and Presbyterianism

Tour:
91D
Wednesday,
June 3, 1891
Toledo, OH Trial Court Case

Receivership of Cincinnati, Jackson & Mackinaw RR

Tour:
91D
Thursday,
June 11, 1891
New York, NY Uncategorized NY Morning Advertiser

Creeds

Friday,
June 26, 1891 *
Date is approximate
Washington, DC Trial Secret Meeting with President Harrison

Concerning cable between US and Brazil

Saturday,
June 27, 1891
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Travel On route to Butte

brief stop in Chicago

Sunday,
June 28, 1891
Ryan Hotel
St. Paul, MN
Travel On route to Butte

brief stop in St. Paul

Monday,
July 13, 1891
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Interview Chicago Herald

Blaine Not the Man – on the way back home

Friday,
July 17, 1891
New York, NY Travel

source says that Ingersoll back in NY

Wednesday,
July 22, 1891
Federal Court
Indianapolis, IN
Trial Clover Leaf Railraod
Wednesday,
July 22, 1891
Denison House
Indianapolis, IN
Interview Indianapolis Sentinel

Ingersoll Talks a Little

Thursday,
July 23, 1891
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Interview Chicago Inter-Ocean

Pope Bob on Slugging

Friday,
July 24, 1891
Ryan Hotel
St. Paul, MN
Interview St. Paul Globe

Bob Backs Blaine

Saturday,
August 1, 1891
Butte, MT Trial in Butte for Davis will case

letter home

Sunday,
August 2, 1891
Butte, MT Lecture address for 600th anniversary of Switzerland
Tuesday,
August 18, 1891
Green Mountain Falls, CO Lecture

small audience – widespread flooding

Thursday,
September 3, 1891
Grand Opera House
Ogden, UT
Uncategorized Cancelled Orators and Oratory

cancelled due to Davis Trial – but might attempt in Winter

Saturday,
September 5, 1891
Butte, MT Trial Davis Will Case
Monday,
September 7, 1891
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Interview Chicago Post

& The Fair

Sunday,
October 4, 1891 *
Date is approximate
Texas State Fair
Dallas, TX
Lecture
Wednesday,
October 21, 1891
Horticultural Hall
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Testimonial to Walt Whitman
Monday,
October 26, 1891
Chicago, IL Interview Chicago Inter-Ocean

Woman’s Suffrage, Horse Racing and Money

Monday,
October 26, 1891
Grand Pacific Hotel
Chicago, IL
Interview Chicago Tribune

The Tendency of Modern Thought

Monday,
October 26, 1891
Chicago, IL Trial
Saturday,
November 7, 1891
Auditorium
Chicago, IL
Lecture Liberty

5000 in audience

Tour:
91E
Tuesday,
November 10, 1891
Case Hall
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Shakespeare Tour:
91E
Wednesday,
November 11, 1891
Cleveland, OH Interview Cleveland Press

Missionaries

Tour:
91E
Sunday,
November 22, 1891
400 Fifth Ave
New York, NY
Miscellaneous Meeting with fellow agnostics

meeting at Ingersoll’s home

Tuesday,
December 1, 1891
New York, NY Lecture Carpenter Dinner
Saturday,
December 19, 1891
Evening Telegram
New York, NY
Writing Christmas Sermon
Tuesday,
December 22, 1891
Toledo, OH Trial legal case
Tuesday,
December 22, 1891
Toledo, OH Interview Toledo Commercial
Friday,
December 25, 1891
New York, NY Interview NY Dramatic Mirror

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