The Archives

Mr. Beecher’s Lecture for the Institute Library newspaper excerpt 1861

“The lecture by Rev. Henry Ward Beecher at Music Hall, last evening, on ‘Two Hundred Years Ago,’ was fully attended, and was listened to with attention, and, with few exceptions, profound respect. A slight attempt early in the evening, on the part of a few boys and half-grown men, to disturb the speaker by groans and hisses, was promptly put down by the hearty applause of the more respectable portion of the audience, who seemed determined to maintain the freedom of speech, and, had they not been dismayed by the very timely request of Mr. Marble, would undoubtedly have expelled the disturbers.  Capt. Hayden was there with nearly his entire command, and succeeded in maintaining comparative quiet outside the hall during the lecture – but when Mr. Beecher came out a portion of the crowd greeted him with groans and as he entered the carriage two or three rotten eggs were hurled at the vehicle, one of which struck against and broke the door-glass.  Compared with the threats which had previously been made against the lecturer, the demonstration by the mob was a decided ‘fizzle.'”

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  1. Do you know the actual date of this meeitng? I’m wondering if the Civil War had begun at the time it was written.

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