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Date Location Type of Event Event Name Description Tour
Sunday,
January 5, 1896
Opera House
Detroit, MI
Lecture Lincoln

fairly well-filled house

Tour:
96A
Monday,
January 6, 1896
Hibbard Opera House
Jackson, MI
Lecture Foundations of Faith

very few seats vacant

Tour:
96A
Tuesday,
January 7, 1896
Masonic Temple
Fort Wayne, IN
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96A
Wednesday,
January 8, 1896
Powers Opera House
Grand Rapids, MI
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96A
Wednesday,
January 8, 1896
Morton Hotel
Grand Rapids, MI
Interview Grand Rapids Herald

On Grover

Tour:
96A
Friday,
January 10, 1896
Academy of Music
Kalamazoo, MI
Lecture Foundations of Faith

People’s church visit

Tour:
96A
Saturday,
January 11, 1896
Croswell Opera House
Adrian, MI
Lecture Lincoln Tour:
96A
Sunday,
January 12, 1896
Toledo, OH Writing letter to NY Journal>

explaining remarks on People’s church

Tour:
96A
Sunday,
January 12, 1896
People's Theater
Toledo, OH
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96A
Monday,
January 13, 1896
Dolan's Opera House
Logansport, IN
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
96A
Monday,
January 13, 1896
Logansport, IN Interview Logansport Times

Poets

Tour:
96A
Tuesday,
January 14, 1896
Marion, IN Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96A
Wednesday,
January 15, 1896
Lima, OH Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96A
Thursday,
January 16, 1896
Tiffin, OH Lecture Lincoln Tour:
96A
Friday,
January 17, 1896
Findlay, OH Lecture Holy Bible

3000 attendees

Tour:
96A
Saturday,
January 18, 1896
Alliance, OH Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
96A
Sunday,
January 19, 1896
Akron, OH Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
96A
Thursday,
January 23, 1896
New York, NY Writing College Bigotry
Sunday,
January 26, 1896
Broadway Theater
New York, NY
Lecture Shakespeare

same lecture delivered in NY about 2 years earlier

Tour:
96B
Thursday,
January 30, 1896
Macauley's Theater
Louisville, KY
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96B
Friday,
January 31, 1896
Grand Opera House
Memphis, TN
Lecture Liberty Tour:
96B
Saturday,
February 1, 1896
Capital Theater
Little Rock, AR
Lecture Liberty Tour:
96B
Monday,
February 3, 1896
Hot Springs, AR Lecture Tour:
96B
Monday,
February 3, 1896
Arlington Hotel
Hot Springs, AR
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
96B
Tuesday,
February 4, 1896
Texarkana, TX Lecture Shakespeare

poor attendance

Tour:
96B
Tuesday,
February 4, 1896
Cosmopolitan Hotel
Texarkana, TX
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
96B
Wednesday,
February 5, 1896
Marshall, TX Lecture Tour:
96B
Thursday,
February 6, 1896
Opera house
Dallas, TX
Lecture Liberty

Largest audience of the season

Tour:
96B
Friday,
February 7, 1896
Waco, TX Lecture Tour:
96B
Saturday,
February 8, 1896
Hotel Grand
Galveston, TX
Correspondence Letter to children

left Waco last night, earlier Dallas

Tour:
96B
Saturday,
February 8, 1896
Grand Opera House
Galveston, TX
Lecture Liberty Tour:
96B
Sunday,
February 9, 1896
Opera house
Houston, TX
Lecture Liberty

largest audiences of the season

Tour:
96B
Monday,
February 10, 1896
Grand Opera House
San Antonio, TX
Lecture Liberty

packed house

Tour:
96B
Tuesday,
February 11, 1896
Millett's Opera House
Austin, TX
Lecture Liberty Tour:
96B
Wednesday,
February 12, 1896
Greenwall's Opera House
Fort Worth, TX
Lecture

lectured to Standing Room Only

Tour:
96B
Thursday,
February 13, 1896
Binkley House
Sherman, TX
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
96B
Thursday,
February 13, 1896
Opera House
Sherman, TX
Lecture Liberty Tour:
96B
Friday,
February 14, 1896
Paris, TX Lecture

morning lecture

Tour:
96B
Friday,
February 14, 1896
Fort Smith, AR Lecture Tour:
96B
Saturday,
February 15, 1896
Springfield, MO Lecture Tour:
96B
Sunday,
February 16, 1896
Olympic Theater
St. Louis, MO
Lecture Foundations of Faith

large audience

Tour:
96B
Saturday,
February 22, 1896
Geneva, NY Lecture Lincoln
Sunday,
February 23, 1896
Lyceum Theater
Rochester, NY
Lecture Foundations of Faith

Rochester Herald ad says “only appearance in Rochester this season”

Tour:
96C
Monday,
February 24, 1896
Rochester, NY Interview Rochester Herald

A Little of Everything

Tour:
96C
Tuesday,
February 25, 1896
Wieting Opera House
Syracuse, NY
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96C
Wednesday,
February 26, 1896
Kasson Opera House
Gloversville, NY
Lecture Lincoln

largely attended”1st appearance this season (more?)

Tour:
96C
Sunday,
March 1, 1896
Opera House
Paterson, NJ
Lecture Foundations of Faith

good-sized audience

Tour:
96C
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
Thursday,
March 12, 1896
Infantry Hall
Providence, RI
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96C
Friday,
March 13, 1896
Worcester Theater
Worcester, MA
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96C
Sunday,
March 15, 1896
Columbia Theater
Brooklyn, NY
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96C
Sunday,
March 22, 1896
Park City Theater
Bridgeport, CT
Lecture Foundations of Faith
Monday,
March 23, 1896
Derby, CT Lecture Liberty
Tuesday,
March 24, 1896
Loomer Opera House
Willimantic, CT
Lecture Foundations of Faith

large audience

Wednesday,
March 25, 1896
Opera house
Waterbury, CT
Lecture Foundations of Faith
Thursday,
March 26, 1896
Opera house
Danbury, CT
Lecture Holy Bible

small audience

Sunday,
March 29, 1896
Metzerott's
Washington, DC
Lecture Secular League ’96
Sunday,
March 29, 1896
New National Theater
Washington, DC
Lecture Liberty

big audience

Monday,
March 30, 1896
New York, NY Lecture
Tuesday,
March 31, 1896
Academy of Music
Jersey City, NJ
Lecture Liberty
Sunday,
April 5, 1896
Star Theatre
Buffalo, NY
Lecture Liberty Tour:
96D
Monday,
April 6, 1896
Opera house
Ashtabula, OH
Lecture Liberty

first lecture in Ashtabula

Tour:
96D
Tuesday,
April 7, 1896
Gray's Armory
Cleveland, OH
Lecture Agnostic Tour:
96D
Wednesday,
April 8, 1896
Cleveland, OH Correspondence Letter to children

talks about visting Ashtabula where he lived 55 years ago

Tour:
96D
Wednesday,
April 8, 1896
Spencer Opera House
Kendallville, IN
Lecture Liberty

very large audience

Tour:
96D
Thursday,
April 9, 1896
Coldwater, MI Lecture Liberty Tour:
96D
Friday,
April 10, 1896
Michigan City, IN Lecture Liberty Tour:
96D
Saturday,
April 11, 1896
Pabst Theater
Milwaukee, WI
Lecture Liberty

about 1000 in audience

Tour:
96D
Sunday,
April 12, 1896
Columbia Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture Reform Mankind

speech before Church Militant

Tour:
96D
Sunday,
April 12, 1896
McVicker's Theater
Chicago, IL
Lecture Agnostic Tour:
96D
Monday,
April 13, 1896
The Vreeland
Michigan City, IN
Correspondence Letter to children

“we will see you on Saturday”

Tour:
96D
Monday,
April 13, 1896
Dowagiac, MI Lecture Liberty Tour:
96D
Tuesday,
April 14, 1896
Dowagiac, MI Correspondence Letter to children

“goodbye until next Saturday”

Tour:
96D
Tuesday,
April 14, 1896
Bucklen Opera House
Elkhart, IN
Lecture Agnostic Tour:
96D
Wednesday,
April 15, 1896
Opera house
Upper Sandusky, OH
Lecture Liberty Tour:
96D
Thursday,
April 16, 1896
Massillon, OH Interview Massillon Independent Tour:
96D
Thursday,
April 16, 1896
Bucher's Opera House
Massillon, OH
Lecture Foundations of Faith

Immense Audience

Tour:
96D
Friday,
April 17, 1896
Massillon, OH Interview Pittsburgh Press

Ingersoll Takes It Easy

Tour:
96D
Friday,
April 17, 1896
Massillon, OH Interview Cincinnati Enquirer Tour:
96D
Friday,
April 17, 1896
Alliance, OH Lecture Lincoln Tour:
96D
Sunday,
April 19, 1896
Star Theatre
New York, NY
Lecture Agnostic Tour:
96D
Saturday,
April 25, 1896
Board of Trade Auditorium
Columbus, OH
Lecture Foundations of Faith

600 in audience

Tour:
96E
Sunday,
April 26, 1896
Grand Opera House
Cincinnati, OH
Lecture Liberty Tour:
96E
Monday,
April 27, 1896
St. Louis, MO Lecture

CHECK THIS – geography seems wrong

Tour:
96E
Monday,
April 27, 1896
Opera House
Terre Haute, IN
Lecture Holy Bible Tour:
96E
Tuesday,
April 28, 1896
Tiemann Opera House
Belleville, IL
Lecture Liberty

Prayer attack by Dr. West

Tour:
96E
Wednesday,
April 29, 1896
St. Louis, MO Lecture Tour:
96E
Wednesday,
April 29, 1896
Terminal Hotel
St. Louis, MO
Correspondence Letter to Maud Tour:
96E
Thursday,
April 30, 1896
Grand Opera House
Carthage, MO
Lecture Liberty

few vacant seats

Tour:
96E
Friday,
May 1, 1896
Club Theatre
Joplin, MO
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96E
Saturday,
May 2, 1896
Coates Opera House
Pittsburg, KS
Lecture Liberty Tour:
96E
Sunday,
May 3, 1896
Hotel Stilwell
Pittsburg, KS
Correspondence Letter to Maud

“we will be together in 9 days”

Tour:
96E
Sunday,
May 3, 1896
Coates Opera House
Kansas City, MO
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96E
Monday,
May 4, 1896
Crawford Theater
St. Joseph, MO
Lecture Holy Bible

fair sized house

Tour:
96E
Tuesday,
May 5, 1896
Boyd's
Omaha, NE
Lecture Foundations of Faith Tour:
96E
Wednesday,
May 6, 1896
Foster's Opera House
Des Moines, IA
Lecture Foundations of Faith

small audience

Tour:
96E
Thursday,
May 7, 1896
Burtis Opera House
Davenport, IA
Lecture Agnostic Tour:
96E
Friday,
May 8, 1896
Auditorium
Galesburg, IL
Lecture Liberty Tour:
96E
Friday,
May 8, 1896
Union Hotel
Galesburg, IL
Correspondence Letter to Maud

“I hope to be with you next Monday”

Tour:
96E
Saturday,
May 9, 1896
Opera house
Macomb, IL
Lecture Liberty Tour:
96E
Monday,
May 11, 1896 *
Date is approximate
Dubuque, IA Interview Dubuque Tribune Tour:
96E
Monday,
May 11, 1896
Pittsburgh, PA Lecture Agnostic Tour:
96E
Wednesday,
May 13, 1896
Chicago, IL Interview Boston Advertiser

en route to New York after his recently completed lecture tour

Tour:
96E
Saturday,
May 16, 1896
Boston Theater
Boston, MA
Lecture Liberty

great audience – Why I am an Agnostic?

Monday,
May 18, 1896
69 Wall Street
New York, NY
Trial Trial

Ingersoll a witness Continental Trust vs. Toledo RR

Saturday,
May 23, 1896
Walnut Street Theatre
Philadelphia, PA
Lecture Foundations of Faith

crowded

Thursday,
May 28, 1896
New York, NY Correspondence The Religious Beliefs of Abraham Lincoln
June, 1896 Dobbs Ferry, NY Travel time at home
Saturday,
July 4, 1896
Lake Pleasant, MA Lecture Declaration of Independence

about 1000 in audience

Tour:
96F
Sunday,
July 12, 1896
Canandaigua, NY Lecture Liberty

5000 people in audience

Tour:
96F
Monday,
July 13, 1896
Wagner Opera House
Bradford, PA
Lecture Liberty

benefit for Children’s Home of Randolph NY

Tour:
96F
Tuesday,
July 14, 1896
2:30 PM
Auditorium
Lily Dale, NY
Lecture Liberty

5000 people

Tour:
96F
Sunday,
July 19, 1896
3:30 PM
Washington Co. Fair Grounds
Greenwich, NY
Lecture Liberty

over 1300 people

Tour:
96F
Saturday,
July 25, 1896
New York, NY Interview NY Journal

Spiritualism

Tour:
96F
Saturday,
July 25, 1896
2:00 PM
Queen City Park
Burlington, VT
Lecture Why

150 in audience

Tour:
96F
Sunday,
July 26, 1896
Queen City Park
Burlington, VT
Lecture Foundations of Faith

500 in audience

Sunday,
August 2, 1896
Atlantic City, NJ Lecture Tour:
96G
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
Sunday,
August 30, 1896
Burlington, VT Lecture Tour:
96G
Thursday,
October 8, 1896
corner of Sacramento Ave and Lake St
Chicago, IL
Political Speech Gold

>20,000 attendees

Tour:
96H
Friday,
October 9, 1896
Desoto House Hotel
Galena, IL
Travel Tour:
96H
Saturday,
October 10, 1896
Park Avenue
Galena, IL
Political Speech Gold

7500-8000 people

Tour:
96H
Sunday,
October 11, 1896
Great Northern Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
96H
Monday,
October 12, 1896
corner of Halstead and 29th Streets
Chicago, IL
Political Speech Gold

14,000

Tour:
96H
Monday,
October 12, 1896
Great Northern Hotel
Chicago, IL
Correspondence Letter to children Tour:
96H
Tuesday,
October 13, 1896
Galesburg, IL Political Speech Gold

dating problem?

Tour:
96H
Thursday,
October 15, 1896
2:20 PM
Bloomington, IL Political Speech Gold

15,000 in audience

Tour:
96H
Friday,
October 16, 1896
2:00 PM
Tabernacle
Peoria, IL
Political Speech Gold Tour:
96H
Saturday,
October 17, 1896
Paris, IL Political Speech Gold Tour:
96H
Sunday,
October 25, 1896
Chickering Hall
New York, NY
Lecture

appeared with G.W. Foote & Charles Watt

Tour:
96H
Thursday,
October 29, 1896
Carnegie Hall
New York, NY
Political Speech Gold Tour:
96H
Saturday,
November 7, 1896
Town Hall
Worcester, MA
Lecture Liberty Tour:
96I
Sunday,
November 15, 1896
Chicago, IL Lecture Individuality Tour:
96I
Monday,
November 16, 1896
Janesville, WI Lecture Holy Bible

suffered a sciatica attack during lecture (Smith has Nov 13)

Tour:
96I
Tuesday,
November 17, 1896
Madison, WI Lecture Foundations of Faith

suffered 2nd attack while in Madison

Tour:
96I
Wednesday,
November 18, 1896
Beloit, WI Lecture Liberty

suffered 3rd attack

Tour:
96I
Thursday,
November 19, 1896
Freeport, IL Lecture Liberty

taken ill after lecture – remainder of tour cancelled

Tour:
96I
Friday,
November 20, 1896
Great Northern Hotel
Chicago, IL
Travel

Ingersoll taken to hotel to recover

Friday,
November 20, 1896
Elgin, IL Lecture Cancelled Foundations of Faith

Cancelled due to health

Saturday,
November 21, 1896
Ann Arbor, MI Lecture Cancelled Liberty

Cancelled due to health

Sunday,
November 22, 1896
New York, NY Travel returned to NYC from Chicago
Sunday,
November 22, 1896
Toledo, OH Lecture Cancelled Agnostic

Cancelled due to health

Monday,
November 23, 1896
Delaware, OH Lecture Cancelled Shakespeare

Cancelled due to health

Tuesday,
November 24, 1896
Union City, IN Lecture Cancelled Liberty

Cancelled due to health

Wednesday,
November 25, 1896
Elwood, IN Lecture Cancelled Liberty

Cancelled due to health

Thursday,
November 26, 1896
Anderson, IN Lecture Cancelled Foundations of Faith

Cancelled due to health

Friday,
November 27, 1896
Pana, IL Lecture Cancelled Liberty

Cancelled due to health

Saturday,
November 28, 1896
Litchfield, IL Lecture Cancelled Liberty

Cancelled due to health

Sunday,
November 29, 1896
St. Louis, MO Lecture Cancelled Agnostic

Cancelled due to health

Monday,
November 30, 1896
Brazil, IN Lecture Cancelled Liberty

Cancelled due to health