The Huguenots: their Settlements, Churches, and Industries in England and Ireland. BySAMUEL SMILES. John Murray. Those who heard it sung in the Metropolitan Tabernacle, June 4th, 1889, on the occasion of Mr. Spurgeon’s address on “Old Fugal Tunes,” are never likely to forget the enthusiasm evoked by the beloved Pastor’s solo, which was rapturously encored. Extract from The Essex Telegraph, February 8th, 1881: — Interments at Colchester Cemetery for the week ended February 7th, 1881: — February 2nd. — Emily Florence Norman, St. Mary,7 weeks.
February 2nd. — Ruthford Dickerson, St. Botolph, 4 months.
February 3rd. — Elizabeth Bantock, St. Giles, 91 years.
February 5th. — Esther Pearson, (Esther Pearson is the old lady at whose shop I had trust for a farthing. — C. H. S.) St. Leonard, years. (Copy of memorial card.)\parJOHN SWINDELL, Died at Jeffries Road, Clapham, 18th September, 1882, Aged 81 years. This is the person with whom I lived as usher at Newmarket.
C. H.SPURGEON. It is remarkable that no less than three persons claimed to have been the preacher on this occasion, but Mr. Spurgeon did not recognize any one of them as the man to whom he then listened. It is definitely known that the date of Mr. Spurgeon’s conversion was January 6th, 1850, for preaching at New Park Street Chapel, on Lord’s-day morning, January 6th, 1856, from Isaiah 45:22, he said that, six years before, that very day, and at that very hour, he had been led to look to Christ, by a sermon from that text. On one of the foundation stones of the School-Chapel erected at Bexhillon- Sea in ever-loving memory of Mr. Spurgeon, the following inscription has been cut, in the hope that passers-by may find salvation through reading the passage of Scripture which was blessed to his conversion: — HOW C. H.SPURGEON FOUND CHRIST. “I looked to Him; He looked on me; And we were one for ever.” — C. H. S. “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else.” — Isaiah 45:22.
Ft15 (Copy of memorial card,)\parIN LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF ROBERT BROWN, BORN,JULY 5 TH, 1805;DIED,MARCH 23 RD, 1881.
Inferred in Newmarket Cemetery.
Mr. Robert Brown was a great friend of mine when I lived at Newmarket. He was superintendent of the Sunday-school, and found me opportunities for speaking. He was a fishmonger in business, and a genuine Christian in his life. — C. H.SPURGEON.
Ft16 See Chapter 22., — ”The Lord’s Hand behind the Maid’s Mistake.”
FT17 Mr. Elven delighted to tell the story of this visit. In his Diary, that evening, he wrote: — ”Have preached to-day at Waterbeach for C. H. Spurgeon. He is a rising star. He will one day make his mark upon the denomination.” Mr. Elven used to say: — ”That day, I preached for Mr. Spurgeon, and he gave out the hynms for me; I should be very glad to give out the hymns for him if he would preach for me.” This service Mr. Spurgeon very cheerfully rendered to Mr. Elven at Bury St.
Edmund’s on more than one occasion. In Mr. Spurgeon’s second volume of Outlines, there is the following note evidently referring to this day’s services: — ”Three joined the church at Cottenham through the sermons on Sabbath 179.”
FT19 Readers who desire more detailed information concerning the Tabernacle Church, can find it in The Metropolitan Tabernacle: its History and Work. By C. H.SPURGEON. Passmore and Alabaster. 1s. and 2s.
FT20 Mr. Spurgeon’s volume, Commenting and Commentaries, explains this allusion: — Among entire commentators of modern date, a high place is usually awarded toTHOMAS Scott, and I shall not dispute his right to it. He is the expositor of Evangelical Episcopalians, even as Adam Clarke is the prophet of the Wesleyans; but to me he has seldom given a thought, and I have almost discontinued consulting him. The very first money I ever received for pulpit services in London was invested in Thomas Scott, and I neither regretted the investment, nor became exhilarated thereby. His work has always been popular, is very judicious, thoroughly sound and gracious; but for suggestiveness and pith is not comparable to Matthew Henry. I know I am talking heresy; but I cannot help saying that, for a minister’s use, Scott is mere milk and water; — good and trustworthy, but not solid enough in matter for full-grown men. In the family, Scott will hold his place; but in the study, you want condensed thought, and this you must look for elsewhere.
FT21 This wish was in due time happily realized, for Mr. Henry Olney was converted, and joined the church under Mr. Spurgeon’s pastoral charge. In 1854, Mr. William Olney was not a deacon, but he was a very active Christian worker.
FT22 As recently as 1897, a professed minister of the gospel, lecturing in the United States, affirmed that he was present at New Park Street Chapel, and saw Mr. Spurgeon slide down the pulpit banisters! Of course, the lie was contradicted on the highest authority, yet probably he and others will still continue to tell it.