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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
          A SUMMER VACATION IN EUROPE.                 299

come to him from the colleges, but from a good, simple-hearted
woman who lived in the house where he was employed." When
doctors disagree, who shall decide? Mr. Spurgeon's preaching
is marked by great simplicity of style, fine powers of generali-
zation, rare ingenuity and high spirituality. There is little at-
tempt at rhetoric; deep thoughts and logical conclusions are
stated in the simplest words.  By degrees, the hearer finds
himself, by accepting simple premises, implicated in the web
of a relentless logic, and fused in the fire of the preacher's
intense conviction. The Tabernacle of Mr. Spurgeon is one of the
wonders of London.  He preaches morning and night to six
thousand people at each service, and all are attracted by the
man and his message, as there is neither choir nor organ. It
was, in some respects, the most impressive sight I saw in
Europe--the power of this man to draw, year after year, such
  The church is very active in its charities and church world.
The orphanage has 500 fatherless children, boys and girls, and
is maintained by monthly contributions of the members of the
Tabernacle.  The children wear no distinguishing garb, but
enjoy the freedom and maintain the individuality of home.
The traits and personal habits of this extraordinary man may
prove interesting to many. On Saturday evening, at six o'clock,
he begins to prepare his two sermons for Sunday.  He has
not probably decided on the subject until that time. He does
not write a sermon, but simply makes a few notes, on a sheet of
paper. On Monday, he revises his morning sermon, which has
been taken down in short-hand and transcribed. Tuesday and
Wednesday, he is generally out of the city, preaching.  Thurs-
day is service night, generally preceded by a talk with those
about to join Church. Friday, he attends the Preacher's Col-
lege. Saturday morning, he gives to correspondence, and in
the afternoon has a reception to visitors. The Preacher's Col-
lege adjoins the Church and has been in existence twenty-five
years. The college is supported by contributions from the
Church, any deficiency being made up at the annual church
  On the morning of the 16th of August, we made ready to
go to Paris, and, at 11 A.M., took passage from the Victoria
Station. We were fortunate in having for travelling compan-
ions a clever and agreeable party--a clergyman from the Church
of England and his wife, a London merchant, and, by accident,
a business acquaintance from Washington, with his wife. The
talk was quite brisk, and was kept up incessantly for three
hours, until we reached the English Channel at Dover, and took
a steamer to cross the twenty miles or more of water. The
sea was in a wild and ugly mood.  The waves dashed high,
roaring and seething like the cataracts of Niagara.  I had
crossed the Atlantic with comparative comfort, but our boat
had not been out five minutes, before not only myself, but all
on board, were terribly sea-sick. I never before was more mis-


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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