Thursday, October 26, 1882
The Pioneer (Bridgeton, NJ), October 19, 1882, 3
Camden Daily Courier, October 27, 1882, 1
The Baltimore County Union, November 18, 1882, 4
The Pioneer (Bridgeton, NJ), November 2, 1882, 3
At the time of this lecture, Wilde was residing in New York, but found time between his activities in the city (such as welcoming Lillie Langtry to America on October 23rd and attending and speaking at a celebratory dinner for Charles Wyndham on October 28) to conduct this lecture which he arranged, or had been arranged for him, in a fairly remote part of south Jersey.
The first article reports Wilde passing through Camden, New Jersey on his return and commenting upon Walt Whitman whom he had met twice in Camden earlier in the year. The report also contains one of many references to Wilde’s asserted intention, never realized, to visit Australia or Japan.
Although widely reported locally, this lecture has remained unrecorded in Wilde studies until now. It is one of two lectures found to have taken place after the historically accepted final lecture in St. John, Canada, the other being his lecture in Yorkville, NYC, on November 27.
South Laurel Street, Bridgeton, NJ, (J. M. Moore & Son)
Wilde stayed overnight in Bridgeton, and returned to New York via Camden, NJ the next day.
There is no record of Wilde’s accommodation. Principal hotels in Bridgeton in 1882 were the Davis House and Hohenstatt Hotel which was across the street from the theatre.
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