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John Mason (1781-1864)

John Mason was born in Derbyshire. He was trained in business before entering the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1811 and this background proved invaluable.

Mason's circuit ministry lasted until 1824 when he was appointed a General Secretary of the Missionary Society. In 1827 he was transferred to the Wesleyan Book Room with the office of Book Steward and served in that capacity until his death thirty-seven years later.

Mason's first task as Book Steward was the management of the accumulated debts of the operation. He then oversaw a period of expansion that saw the Book Room move into profitability. Throughout this period Mason also preached regularly at City Road Chapel and acted as a class leader.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1864 and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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