One of the Wesleys early travelling companions. In April 1744 he was sent by Charles Wesley to Wednesbury with £60 collected for the victims of the riots there. In 1753 he and William Briggs were entrusted with the printing, publishing and book sales at the Foundery, making them the first , and they sent out details of their proposals to the circuit stewards throughout the country. Butts earned a reputation for total honesty in his dealings, especially in the payment of debts. He is thought to have been the author of A Letter from a Private Person to his Pastor, concerning the People Called Methodists (1743). His ms Diary is in the Library at Duke University, North Carolina.