Daniel Whittle records this account from Charles Spurgeon, who relates this incident connected with his ministry:
“When the college, of which I am President, had been commenced, for a year or so all my means stayed; my
purse was dried up, and I had no other means of carrying it on. In this very house, one Sunday evening, I had paid away all I had for the support of my young men for the ministry.
There is a dear friend now sitting behind me who knows the truth of what I am saying. I said to him, “There is nothing left whatever.”
He said, “You have a good banker, sir,”
‘ Yes,’ I said, ‘and I should like to draw upon him now, for I have nothing.’
‘ Well,’ said he, ‘ how do you know, have you prayed about it ? ‘
‘Yes, I have.’
‘Well, then leave it with Him; have you opened your letters?’
‘No, I do not open my letters on Sundays.’
‘ Well,’ said he, ‘open them for once.’
I did so, and in the first one I opened there was a banker’s letter to this effect :
‘Dear Sir, we beg to inform you that a lady, totally unknown to us, has left with us two hundred pounds for you to use in the education of young men.’
Such a sum has never come since, and it never came before ; and I have no more idea than the dead in their graves how it came then, nor from whom it came, but to me it seemed that it came directly from God.