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This schedule lists Mark Twain’s known lecture appearances from 17 November 1868, the start of the winter season, to 15 January 1869, the last date that his agent, G. L. Torbert, originally booked for his midwestern tour. (Torbert later added appearances, extending the tour until mid-February; Clemens finished his season with a lecture in Sharon, Pennsylvania, on 20 March.) For lectures confirmed by a newspaper announcement, review, or report, we cite the newspaper as our source. Unless otherwise indicated, newspapers cited for this purpose were published in the same town or city where Clemens lectured. When a lecture is known only through Clemens’s statement in a letter, we cite it as our source; all letters cited that are not published in this volume are in CU-MARK.

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date place source
7 Nov 68 Cleveland, Ohio Herald, Leader, and Plain-Dealer (18 Nov 68)
19 Nov 68 Pittsburgh, Pa. Gazette (20 Nov 68)
23 Nov 68 Elmira, N.Y. Advertiser (24 Nov 68)
2 Dec 68 Rondout, N.Y. 2 Dec 68 to Langdon
9 Dec 68 Newark, N.J. Advertiser (10 Dec 68)
11 Dec 68 Norwich, N.Y. 5 and 7 Dec 68 to OLL
16 Dec 681 Scranton, Pa. 5 and 7 Dec 68 to OLL
19 Dec 682 Fort Plain, N.Y. 5 and 7 Dec 68 to OLL; Mohawk Valley Register (25 Dec 68)
22 Dec 68 Detroit, Mich. Advertiser and Tribune and Free Press (23 Dec 68)
23 Dec 68 Lansing, Mich. State Republican (31 Dec 68)
25 Dec 68 Charlotte, Mich. 25 Dec 68 to OLL
26 Dec 68 Tecumseh, Mich. 14 Jan 69 to OLL
30 Dec 68 Akron, Ohio Cleveland Leader (1 Jan 69)
2 Jan 693 Fort Wayne, Ind. 31 Dec 68 and 2 Jan 69 to OLL
4 Jan 69 Indianapolis, Ind. Journal (5 Jan 69)
6 Jan 69 Rockford, Ill. Galena (Ill.) Gazette (26 Jan 69), quoting Rockford Register
7 Jan 69 Chicago, Ill. Tribune and Times (8 Jan 69)
8 Jan 69 Monmouth, Ill. 7 Jan 69 to OLL [2nd of 2]
9 Jan 69 Galesburg, Ill. Peoria (Ill.) Transcript (cited in Wallace, 17)
11 Jan 69 Peoria, Ill. Transcript and National Democrat (12 Jan 69)
12 Jan 694 Decatur, Ill. Republican (14 Jan 69)
13 Jan 69 Ottawa, Ill. Republican (21 Jan 69) (cited in Wallace, 132)
14 Jan 69 Davenport, Iowa Democrat (15 Jan 69)
15 Jan 69 Iowa City, Iowa Republican (6 and 20 Jan 69)

Explanatory Notes

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1 Clemens “missed an appointment at Buffalo, for Dec. 15” (31 Dec 68 to OLL).

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2 Clemens “broke an engagement” in an unidentified town to be in Elmira “from 7 p.m. 17th to 7 p.m. 18th” (24 and 25 Dec 68 to Fairbanks).

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3 Clemens was originally scheduled to appear in Dayton, Ohio, on 31 December (see 21 and 23 Dec 68 to OLL); he told Mrs. Fairbanks in his letter of 24 and 25 December that he would “skip Dayton for the present.”

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4 Clemens mentioned in his letter of 2 Jan 69 to Olivia that he was originally scheduled to appear in Bloomington, Illinois, on 12 January.