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December 1 - Doolittle Hall, Oswego, New York - "Artemus Ward"

December 2 - Barber Hall, Homer, New York - "Artemus Ward"

December 4 - Linden Hall, Geneva, New York - "Artemus Ward"

December 5 - Academy of Music, Auburn, New York - "Artemus Ward"

December 6 - Wieting Opera House, Syracuse, New York - "Artemus Ward"

"...the Artemus Ward lecture lasted only about seven weeks.  For a number of reasons it failed to satisfy Mark Twain."

"It is possible, of course that none of these considerations played a major role in causing him to abandon the lecture,  During the early part of the tour he was reading proof on  his new book Roughing It, and it is highly probable that he saw in its material far more promise of a good lecture than in Artemus Ward."

December 7 - Sprague's Hall, Warsaw, New York - "Roughing It"

December 8 - Union Hall, Fredonia, New York - "Roughing It"

December 9 - Farrar Hall, Erie, Pennsylvania - "Artemus Ward"

December 11 - White's Hall, Toledo, Ohio - "Artemus Ward"

December 12 - University Hall, Ann Arbor, Michigan - "Artemus Ward"

December 13 - Union Hall, Jackson, Michigan - "Artemus Ward"

December 14 - Mead's Hall, Lansing, Michigan - "Roughing It"

December 15 - Luce's Hall, Grand Rapids, Michigan - "Roughing It"

December 16 - Union Hall, Kalamazoo, Michigan - "Roughing It"

2 Clemens jotted the Kalamazoo engagement in his lecture itinerary book and later added the hotel name—the Burdick (Redpath and Fall 1871–72, 7–8).  

December 18 - Michigan Avenue Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois - "Roughing It"

December 19 - Union Park Congregational Church, Chicago, Illinois - "Roughing It"

The Chicago Tribune printed large portions of his lecture in Chicago Dec. 20 and 24, 1871.  The complete stenographic report of his lecture in Lansing Michigan, State Republican, Dec. 21, 1871, had apparently escaped his notice.  He wrote to Livy from Champaign, Illinois, Dec. 26, 1871,  "My new lecture is about licked into shape, & this [afternoon] ; after trimming at it all day I memorized one-fourth of it. Shall commit another fourth tomorrow, maybe more—& shall begin talking it the moment I get out of the range of the cursed Chicago Tribune that printed my new lecture & so made it impossible for me to talk it with any spirit in Illinois. If these devils incarnate only appreciated what suffering they inflict with their infernal synopses, maybe they would try to have humanity enough to refrain."

December 20 - Sandwich, Illinois - Topic unknown - text not available

December 21 - City Hall, Aurora, Illinois - Topic unknown - text not available

December 22 - Patterson Hall, Princeton, Illinois - "Artemus Ward"

December 26 - Barrett Hall, Champaign, Illinois - "Artemus Ward"

December 27 - Tuscola, Illinois - "Artemus Ward"

December 28 - Lincoln Hall, Danville, Illinois - "Roughing It"

December 29 - Mattoon, Illinois - Topic unknown - text not available

December 30 - Paris, Illinois - Topic unknown - text not available


Lorch, Fred W. 1968. The Trouble Begins At Eight. Ames, Iowa: The Iowa State University Press.
“Mark Twain Project Online”. 2007.