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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)

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