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LETTERS OF C. H. SPURGEON
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TO MR. WILLIAM OLNEY MENTONE,
Nov. 6, ‘91.
MY DEAR FRIEND, —
You have given me more particulars than anyone else. I do not complain of lack of correspondents, but no one has gone into detail so fully as yourself.
I see no reason why Dr. Pierson should not preside at Communion when Stott is not there. I think when Mr. Stott is there, he is in permanent office, and the Doctor is a friend supplying the pulpit, and so Mr. Stott should preside. It is a mere point of formality. No one else will raise a question at Dr. Pierson’s presiding; if they do, please let me know. There is nothing to hinder his doing so.
I get up in the morning forcible and go to bed feeble. The albumen was increased to one-third instead of one-sixth, when I reached here and it discouraged me; it has gradually decreased to one-fifth, one-sixth. This, so long as it lasts, is a great drain upon the nourishment received, and requires a lot of milk to be taken to keep me going. I have not got on with the other help —
beef tea. I do not like any of the manufactured articles, and our meat here is tough. Yesterday, I had a beefsteak minced, and it did me real service. The doctor says, “the kitchen can do a hundred times more for you than the chemist’s shop.” I do not find it easy at times to realize my true condition. I imagine that I can walk, etc., and when I get a little way I wonder that I made the attempt.
I must not write more, or I shall come under the Doctor’s lash; besides a measure of headache comes when I have been for a short time with the pen.
My hearty love to you and our good friend Mr. Pierson, and all the brotherhood. Mr. Acland has agreed to be superintendent of Surrey Memorial School, and I hope he will be the right man. May the Revival soon break out.
Yours most lovingly, C. H. SPURGEON.
New Year Day.
It does me good to see W. Olney at the foot of a letter. I wish you were here, and could get well as solidly as I hope I have done. I could not say till just now I am well, but now I enjoy life, though weak. Thank God for this New Year’s experience.
I wish you were well, thoroughly so. I am greatly interested by all your news. When £10 is wanted for poor at Haddon Hall give me a wink or a word, and I have it at your disposal, now, or at the best time.
May this year bring health to you. I could not do better than copy John, and wish that your body may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. I dare not say this of very many. Accept my hearty love.
Yours in Christ, C. H. SPURGEON.
To [Mr. William Olney]. MENTONE, Jan. 31, ‘91.
DEAR FRIEND, —
Here I have souls won for Christ, but it is good mowing where there is much grass. Still 40 every morning is a pretty little congregation, and they are by no means ordinary folks, but people of education and thoughtfulness and influence. God bless you with sound health, and your dear mother also.
Yours heartily, C. H. SPURGEON.