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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 99

TO MR. WILLIAM OLNEY

MENTONE, New Year Day.

DEAR FRIEND,—

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.

Please remember me to your much-esteemed mother, and to all the Prayermeeting people. I have 24 in my room in the morning at 9.30, and we do not forget home folks and Tabernacle.

It is fine and sunny to-day, but we have had grey weather below, and we see snow on the hills above.

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.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 98

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. Hearty thanks.

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 am now to wait my Lord’s pleasure, and I know that it will be well. I sent the telegram that friends might not be misled by former sanguine expressions of mine.

It is a great rest to me that a W. O. is to the :front at home. How are you and how is your esteemed mother? Mrs. S. is moderately well. Brother and his wife leave on Monday. Harrald is all right.

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.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 97

December 29, 2016 Leave a comment

TO MR. PASSMORE

MENTONE, Jan. 16, ‘92.

MY DEAR OLD FRIEND, —

I have only good news to send you. I have not gone backward, but Doctor says I am a shade better as to my disease; in other respects, I feel up to the mark. Mrs. S. well.

Beautiful ride half-way to Turbie this morning; turned back at the Fountain. Weather has been bad, but to-day is heavenly. Snow on the mountains just makes us the more grateful. Come along as soon as you can.

Mrs. P. thanks you heartily, but does not know of anything which she desires.

I sent telegram of sympathy to Sandringham. I could not help it as the Prince had so kindly thought of me. May the Lord save all you love from this fell disease.

Yours ever lovingly,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 96

December 22, 2016 Leave a comment

TO MR. PASSMORE

WESTWOOD, March 11, 1891.

DEAR MR. PASSMORE, —

When that good little lad came here on Monday with the sermon, late at night, it was needful. But please blow somebody up for sending the poor little creature here, late to-night, in all this snow, with a parcel much heavier than he ought to carry. He could not get home till eleven, I fear; and I feel like a cruel brute in being the innocent cause of having a poor lad out at such an hour on such a night. There was no need at all for it. Do kick somebody for me, so that it may not happen again.

Yours ever heartily,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 95

December 15, 2016 Leave a comment

TO MR. PASSMORE

BOULOGNE, Dec. 23.

MY DEAR MRS. PASSMORE,—

Your noble husband is sitting before the fire on one chair, with his legs up on another, and as it seemed to be a pity to disturb His Royal Highness, I offered to write to you for him, and he accepted the offer. I am happy to say that our mutually respected and beloved Joseph is much better, and will, I hope, arrive at Park Lodge in first-rate condition about 7 or 8 o’clock on Friday. The sea is in an excited condition, and I fear none of us will need an emetic when crossing to-morrow; but it will be better arranged than if we had the management of it, no doubt.

I am very much obliged to you for lending me your worser half so kindly. He is a dear, kind., generous soul, and worth his weight in angels any day. I hope all the young folk axe well. My dear wife says you are bonnie, which is vastly better than being bony.

My kindest regards are always with you and yours. Pray accept my love, and I daresay His Royal Highness, the King of Little Britain, would send his also; but he is so much engrossed in reading the Standard that I have not asked about it.

Yours ever truly,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 94

TO MR. PASSMORE

[Undated.]

DEAR MR. PASSMORE, —

All goes well. Our weather is glorious, I am getting well and strong.

Your men do not carefully attend to our corrections, and even make fresh blunders. Would you just give them a hint again?

I do not write to complain, but to inform you, that your office may be famous for accuracy.

Mrs. S. Book just come. I will try to write a preface, but must see if the maggot’ will bite.

You need not send any more sermons, as I have used the three. I sent three sermons yesterday. S. & T. to-night. Hard work.

Those proofs sent by us’ to-day should be returned at once, that you may cast them and get along. Things intended to reach us soon should come by letter post.

Yours ever heartily,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 93

TO MR. PASSMORE

[Undated.]

DEAR PASSMORE, —

I want a complete set of my sermons bound best; only mark! must and will pay for them trade price. No nonsense. Then I want six Morning by Mornings, which charge to that account. I want also two of my large Hymn-books good binding, and four of the 5s. small, which charge to Hymn-book account.

Suppose I cannot see this sermon again; ask reader to be careful. Note in Sword and Trowel, errors page 434 “all gain and no loss” should have been “all loss and no gain.” Page 645 — “ men is like” for “men are like.” This last, reader should have noticed. Go ahead with the Almanack. I have more matter if more should be required. I am very much better.

Yours for ever,

C. H. SPURGEON.