"a would-be Spurgeon"

Caricature of Spurgeon, from Vanity Fair (1870)
Public DomainCaricature of Spurgeon, from Vanity Fair (1870)
Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) was a prolific Baptist Christian preacher, sometimes called "the Prince of Preachers".  He was the most popular preacher of his day, preaching as often as ten times a week, and to crowds as large as 10,000.