John Mason (1733-1810)
John Mason was born in Hambledon, Hampshire. Orphaned at an early age, he was raised by his aunt and was converted by a George Whitefield sermon. In 1764 Mason abandoned his prosperous business to enter the itinerancy. He served in the active circuit ministry for thirty-three years before poor health forced his superannuation in 1797 after which he spent the rest of his life in Portsmouth.
Mason was a highly educated man and possessed a particularly fine botanical collection.
Source: Arminian Magazine 1810, 357, Kenneth Garlick, An Alphabetical Arrangement of Wesleyan Methodist Preachers and Missionaries, and the stations to which they were appointed 1739-1818 and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)