Butts, Thomas

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 ‘Book Stewards’, 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.

Sources
  • Luke Tyerman, Life and Times of the Rev. John Wesley, vol.2, pp.178-9
  • John Wesley, Standard Letters, edited by John Telford, vol. III, p.64n
  • Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society,, vol. VI, pp.47-9