Submitted by scott on Wed, 04/15/2020 - 08:17

November 17, 1868 - March 3, 1869   Eastern Lecture Tour: at least 43 engagements - "The American Vandal Abroad"  Partially managed by G. L. Torbert and by Clemens himself,.

November 31, not a lecture date but Twain visited “Old Trinity “.


November 17 - 23, 1868:  Cleveland, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Elmira, New York

"Despite his rapidly growing reputation through the publication of The Jumping Frog and his articles in various metropolitan newspapers, he was not well known.  Innocents Abroad had not yet made its appearance. At best, in so far as he was known at all in mid-western communities, he was still a mere newspaper humorist - fresh, vigorous, and promising, a man with an interesting pseudonym, but with nothing really substantial to recommend him to local lyceum committees."  (Lorch pg 94)

"The engagements in December numbered only about eight and were geographically spotty, ..."  

December 2 - 31, 1868:  Rondout, New York; Newark, New Jersey; Norwich, New York; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Fort Plain, New York; Detroit, Michigan; Lansing, Michigan;  Tecumseh, Michigan; Akron, Ohio; 

December 2 - Clemens presumably caught the Hudson River Railroad’s 11:30  a.m. from New York, express to Albany and Troy, leaving the train en route to cross the Hudson River to Rondout.   Lectured at Washington Hall, Rondout, New York

"In January, however,  business flourished.  News of his successful performances was circulating widely.  That month there were twenty bookings which took him on an itinerary that criss-crossed Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio."  (Lorch, pg 94-95)

January 2 - 22, 1869:  Fort Wayne, Indiana; Indianapolis, Indiana; Rockford, Illinois; Chicago, Illinois;  Monmouth, Illinois; Galesburg, Illinois; Peoria, Illinois; Decatur, Illinois;  Ottawa, Illinois; Davenport, Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa; Toledo, Ohio; Norwalk, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio

"The long journeys in poorly lighted, porrly ventilated, and poorly heated coaches, together with frequent poor rail connections and hotel accomodations exhausted him.  By January 14 he acknowledged to his sister Pamela that the pace of the lecture circuit was a hard one and that he wsas 'getting awfully tired of it.'  It constitutes the first record of Mark Twain's disenchantment with tour lecturing,..."  (Lorch pg 95)

January 25 - February 1, 1869:  Marshall, Michigan; Batavia, Illinois; Freeport, Illinois; Waterloo, Iowa; Galena, Illinois; Jacksonville, Illinois

"During February the engagements grew spotty again, though they took him erratically through Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York."  (Lorch pg 96).

February 12 - 18, 1869:  Ravenna, Ohio; Alliance, Ohio; Titusville, Pennsylvania; Franklin, Pennsylvania

February 12 Friday  – Sam left  Elmira  “at the last minute” that evening and slept overnight on the train back to  Cleveland.