Category Archives: The Life of Susannah Spurgeon

Introduction

THE position of the wife of a great man and particularly of a great minister, is not only one of rare difficulty but calls for an exercise of unselfishness and self-effacement which is quite contrary to the natural instincts of … Continue reading

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Chapter 1 – Early Years

Early Years MRS. SPURGEON was born on January 15th, 1832, and her girlhood days were spent partly in the Southern suburbs and partly in the City of London, which had not then, as now, ceased to be residential. In the … Continue reading

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Chapter 2 – First Contact with C. H. Spurgeon

First Contact with C. H. Spurgeon IN the morning of Sunday, December 18th, 1853, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, then a gauche country youth of nineteen years, preached for the first time in the pulpit of New Park Street Chapel. Susannah Thompson … Continue reading

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Chapter 3 – The Dawning of Love

The Dawning of Love THE manner and circumstances in which C. H. Spurgeon declared his love to, Miss Thompson were very characteristic of the man. At the opening of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, on June 10th, 1854, a large … Continue reading

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Chapter 4 – Courtship Days

Courtship Days LESS than two months after the incident at the Crystal Palace, C. H. Spurgeon formally proposed for the hand of Susannah Thompson. They were in the little old-fashioned garden of the girl’s grandfather, with its high brick walls, … Continue reading

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Chapter 5 – Married Life

Married Life THE wedding of Susannah Thompson and Charles Haddon Spurgeon took place at New Park Street Chapel, on January 8th, 1856, Dr. Alexander Fletcher, of Finsbury Chapel, officiating. As may be imagined in the case of a man whose … Continue reading

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Chapter 6 – A Dark Shadow

A Dark Shadow ON September 20th, 1856, twin sons were born to Mrs. Spurgeon at her home in the New Kent Road, and the joy of husband and wife knew no bounds. Fortunately the event fell upon a Saturday, and … Continue reading

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Chapter 7 – Happiness and Service

Happiness and Service IN 1857 Mr. and Mrs. Spurgeon moved to Helensburgh House, Nightingale Lane, Clapham, a place which they found far more congenial than their first home in the New Kent Road. Clapham was at that time, quite a … Continue reading

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Chapter 8 – Husband and Wife

Husband and Wife MRS. SPURGEON, in the earlier years of her married life, used to accompany her husband in his holidays both in England and on the Continent, but in 1868, she tells us, her traveling days were done. “Henceforth … Continue reading

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Chapter 9 – Mid Life

Mid Life AFTER the preacher and his wife had been living in Helensburgh House, Nightingale Lane, for close upon a dozen years, the building was found altogether too small and inconvenient for a man whose work needed a very large … Continue reading

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