"An epidemic of Asiatic cholera at that time began to rage in London, particularly in the area south of the Thames. Spurgeon cancelled all out-of-town engagements and gave his time to visiting the sick. The disease entered numerous homes. Almost everywhere there was suffering, and often there was death. 'Family after family', he says, 'summoned me to the bedside of the smitten and almost every day I was called to visit the grave.' With lovingkindness to the sick and in heart-felt sympathy with the bereaved he conducted this labour, and at any hour of the night he might be awakened with an urgent request to come and pray with someone who seemed about to pass into eternity."
-Arnold A. Dallimore, Spurgeon: A Biography (page 51)
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