From Charles Swindoll’s “Hope Again:”
Despite all his strengths and noble accomplishments…a great deal of criticism was leveled against Spurgeon in his day. Like Martin Luther, he seemed to thrive in the storm. He was a man I would call unflappable. While he was criticized for a number of things in his preaching, the two things he was criticized for in his private life are curious.
First, he loved a good cigar: One of my favorite stories goes back to an occasion when a man called on him and criticized his cigar smoking. Spurgeon’s response was classic: “When I take this to an extreme, then I will stop.” When the man asked, “What is an extreme?” Spurgeon replied with a twinkle in his eye, “Two cigars at one time.”
[The other private criticism was leveled against him and his wife …because, out of their own funds, they purchased and enjoyed an extremely large home on a sizable acreage.]
There is a section of the Spurgeon website dedicated to his cigar habit and correspondence. From this: