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Mark Twain departed New York City October 14, 1871 traveling to Bethlehem, PA.  The trip would be aboard the New Jersey Central to Easton then the Lebanon Valley Railroad to Bethlehem.

Reminiscences of Some Uncommon Characters I Have Chanced to Meet: featuring Artemus Ward; Dick Baker the quartz miner; Riley the journalist; then king of mthe Sandwich Islands; etc.  "A reporter for the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Daily Times claimed that the lecture was made up almost entirely of humorous incidents from Innocents Abroad,..."

October 16 - Moravian Day School Hall, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. "Uncommonplace Characters"

The East Pennsylvania RR runs to Allentown.

October 17 - Opera House, Allentown, Pennsylvania. "Uncommonplace Characters"

Lehigh Valley RR to White Haven then Lehigh and Susquehanna RR to Wilkes-Barre.

October 18 - Music Hall, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. "Uncommonplace Characters"

From Wilkes-Barre Twain would return to Allentown.  From there to DC:  East Pennsylvania RR from Allentown to Bethlehem; North Pennsylvania from Bethlehem to Philadelphia;  Philadelphia and Reading RR through the town of Philadelphia;  Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad from Philadelphia to Baltimore;  Northern Central RR from Baltimore to Washington D.C.

Twain abandoned this lecture after only three performances.  To his wife he confided - "This lecture will never do. I hate it and won't keep it."  In Washington - "He spent the weekend furiously writing a new lecture, confining himself to only one of the uncommon characters he had met, Artemus Ward."  

October 23 - Lincoln Hall, Washington, D. C. - "Artemus Ward"

From Washington D.C aboard the Northern Central to Baltimore, then on the  Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore  to Wilmington.

October 24 - Institute Hall, Wilmington, Delaware - "Artemus Ward"

Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore to Philadelphia then the Philadelphia and Reading to Norristown.

October 25 - Odd Fellows Hall, Norristown, Pennsylvania - "Artemus Ward"

Mark Twain reportedly returned to Hartford on the 26th of October.  Twain would then take the New Haven, Hartford and Springfield to Springfield; the Western RR to Pittsfield; and the Housatonic to Great Barrington.

October 27 - Sumner Hall, Great Barrington, Massachusetts - "Artemus Ward"

After his Great Barrington lecture of Friday, 27 October, Clemens had a free weekend. Probably he spent it in Hartford, about sixty miles away, before keeping his engagements in Brattleboro, Vermont, and Milford, on 30 and 31 October, respectively.  SLC to OLC, 31 Oct 1871, Milford, Mass. (UCCL 00668), n. 2. 

Twain would then take the New Haven, Hartford and Springfield to Springfield; the Connecticut River to Brattleboro.

October 30 - Brattleboro, Vermont - "Artemus Ward"

The route between  Brattleboro and Milford is unknown.  The 1870 kml files have an hypothetical line from Brattleboro to Athol, then the Vermont and Massachusetts line to Ayer; the Worcester and Nashua to near Pingryville; then the Fitchburg to West Concord.  The kml files display the Marlborough Branch as an hypothetical line from West Acton to Marlborough and Southborough.

The USGS maps have the Vermont and Massachusetts, then known as the Fitchburg, running to just west of Athol, then along the same line as the Vermont and Massachusetts displayed on the kml maps.  The Worcester and Nashua runs between Ayer and Pingryville, then the Fitchburg to West Concord.  The USGS quads display the Marlborough Branch starting at South Acton and running to Marlborough Junction, where it branches with the Old Colony Railroad.  The 1870 kml files have this as the Boston and Worcester, running to Milford.

October 31 - Milford, Massachusetts - "Artemus Ward"

After Milford, Twain returned to Boston.  The 1870 kml files do not provide a route back save for an unnamed line from Millville to Needham.  The USGS quads display two possible routes.  The northern route follows the Boston and Albany RR Milford Branch to Framingham, then the B&A Mainline to Boston.  The southern route begins with the Ashland Line to Bellingham; the New York, New Haven and Hartford Midland Line to Newton Highlands, then the Boston and Albany, Brookline Branch to Boston.

Citations

Lorch, Fred W. 1968. The Trouble Begins At Eight. Ames, Iowa: The Iowa State University Press.

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