In honor of Charles Spurgeon’s birthday today, I thought I would share this aspect of his life:
On May 5, 1973 a memorial stone was erected on the site of the baptism of Spurgeon in the river Lark at Isleham Ferry. Spurgeon walked the eight miles from Newmarker to Isleham on Friday, May 3,1850, his mother’s birthday. Two women were the other baptismal candidates. A cold, cutting wind blew down the river that divided Cambridgeshire from Suffolk, but it blew Spurgeon’s timidity down to the sea as he publicly professed Christ before a congregation on both banks of the river and in boats on the river. The ferry boat was also crowded for the occasion.
Taken from C. H. Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. L, ii (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1904).