(parts of this text were first published in HEY HEY GLOSOLALIA, Creative Time, NY, 2008 - download a PDF)

Lecture by Moncure D. Conway --
Distinctions between Demons and Devils – The conception of a spirit of pure malignity —Demon’s the personification of men’s earthly necessities and of warring elements – demons of hunger, of tempest, of flame and cold – superstitions lingering at the present day – witchcraft – fairies – the idea of satan in the middle ages-- mephestopheles.

Moncure D.Conway delivered his lecture entitled “Demonology” in the Masonic Temple last evening. The hall was well filled with a cultured audience. Close attention was paid to the lecturer, and the curious and amusing features of his subject were greeted with smiles and applause as they were presented. The lecture was illuminated by outline crayon drawings. Among the figures represented were those of Beelzebub, “the Devil of Japan” and Lalith. Mr Convay spoke rather slowly and without much gestures. He will give a lecture this evening in the same place on “St. George and the Dragon; or, Ancient Fable and English Folklore;” and another to-morrow evening on ”Oriental Religions: their Origins and Present Condition.”

The above description appeared on page two of the December 11, 1875 edition of the New York Tribune. 1875 was the first year that the Tribune published an index. There were 85 entries listed under ‘Lectures.’ Unfortunately, the previous 34 years of publication seem never to have been indexed and apart from a few examples of random editions held in the manuscript rooms of various libraries around New York the only access to those years seems to be through the scratchy dimly lit images available on microfilm.