M'LEAN, John 1806 - 1866

Obituary Minutes of Conference 1866

John M'Lean, a native of Glas­gow, was born in the year 1806. In early life he was brought under the Methods ministry, and led to feel the sinfulness and danger of his state before God.

His con­viction of sin was deep ; and his subse­quent sense of forgiveness clear and joyom. The change effected in his heart and life by the Holy Spirit was manifest to all who knew him.

Saved himself, he earnestly sought the salvation of his youthful com­panions, and was instrumental in bringing several of them to the knowledge of the truth.

He entered the ministry in the year 1825 ; and. by his zealous, diligent, aud successful labours, proved himself a workman not needing to be ashamed.

After a course of marked success in various important Circuits, he was appointed the Governor and Chaplain of Wesley College Sheffield. While honourably and efficiently employed in that influential position, it pleased God to afllict him.

The disease, obscure at first, slowiy but certainly de­veloped itself, so as at length to render it impossible for him to continue his ministerial work.

He was a man of warm affections, amiable temper, and winning manners.

In his attachments be was ardent and constant, and he had firmly- attached friends in every circle in which he moved. His preaching was attractive, evangelical, fervent, and soul-saving. His eloquence was powerful, though inartificial ; and in urging penitents to an instant closure with the Saviour, he was wise. tender, and successful.

Before his de­parture, he said, “Jesus is present with me, He never leaves me, and He never will; His promise is mine, aud He will keep His word.”

His end was calm and peaceful. He died at Glasgow, July 18th, 1866.

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