Charles Spurgeon and his wife, according to a story in The Chaplain magazine, would sell, but refused to give away, the eggs their chickens laid. Even close relatives were told, “You may have them if you pay for them.” As a result some people labeled the Spurgeons greedy and grasping. They accepted the criticisms without defending themselves, and only after Mrs. Spurgeon died was the full story revealed: all the profits from the sale of the eggs went to support two elderly widows. The Spurgeons didn’t respond to the criticisms because they wanted to be able to give in secret.
Source: Leadership Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1.