C. H. Little to R. F. Weidner, January 18, 1907
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
R. F. Weidner
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to Dr. R. F. Weidner, president of the Chicago Theological Lutheran Seminary on January 18, 1907. Little describes his reading and studies, and his life as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia.
Carroll Herman Little (1872-1958) was a Lutheran pastor, and a professor and administrator at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (later Waterloo Lutheran Seminary; now Martin Luther University College) in Waterloo, Ontario.

Little was born in Hickory, North Carolina in 1872. He was the eldest of ten children born to Rev. Marcus Lafayette Little (1848-1891) and Candace Mary Almetta Herman (1848-1947). Marcus L. Little, a Lutheran pastor and educator, was killed in a train accident in Newton, North Carolina on February 16, 1891.

C. H. Little received his early education and work experience in North Carolina, graduating from Gaston College in 1889. From 1888-1891 Little worked as editor of a newspaper founded by his father in Dallas, North Carolina. He also taught in North Carolina schools. After his father’s death, Little entered Roanoke College in Virginia, graduating with a BA (Classics) in 1893. From 1897-1898 he was enrolled in post-graduate studies in the Classics Department at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

In 1901 Little graduated from Mount Airy Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following in his father’s footsteps, C. H. Little was ordained by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania on June 3, 1901. After ordination he accepted a call to the Nova Scotia Synod, serving as pastor in the New Germany parish from 1901-1909, and the Mahone Bay parish from 1909-1911. From 1911-1914 he was housefather of Bethany Orphans’ Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. During this time he also served the Nova Scotia Synod as secretary (1904-1909), president (1911-1914) and editor of the Nova Scotia Lutheran (1907-1911). In 1914 Little was recognized with an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. Little left Nova Scotia in 1914 when he accepted a call to the St. Lawrence Parish in Morrisburg, Ontario.

In 1917 C. H. Little accepted a teaching position at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (now Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) in Waterloo, Ontario. He remained at the Seminary for the rest of his career, retiring in 1947. In addition to his responsibilities as professor, Little also held various administrative roles including acting President, 1918-1920, 1929-1931, and 1942-44; Bursar, 1918-1933; and Dean, 1920-1927. Little continued to pursue his own education through correspondence studies with the Chicago Lutheran Seminary, receiving the degrees of BD and STM in 1924, and an STD in 1928.

Publications authored by C. H. Little include New Testament handbook (1941); Lutheran confessional theology : a presentation of the doctrines of the Augsburg Confession and the Formula of concord (1943); and Explanation of the book of Revelation (1950). He was a long time contributor to the Canada Lutheran, and held editorial positions for the publication.

Carroll Herman Little married Edith Blanche “Bonnie” DeLong (1888-1974) on September 9, 1908 in Nova Scotia. They had ten children: Carolus DeLong, Herman Luther, Marion, Arthur Bernard, Robert Paul, Margaret Eileen, Ruth, Catharine, Florence, and John Frederick.

Carroll Herman Little died in Waterloo, Ontario on March 31, 1958.

-- Letter transcribed by Michael Skelton in 2013.
Date of Original
Jan.18, 1907
Width: 12.6 cm
Height: 20.1 cm
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Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Chruch in Canada fonds
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  • Nova Scotia, Canada
    Latitude: 44.55015 Longitude: -64.71547
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
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Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to R. F. Weidner, 18 January 1907, S100, File 5.1.7, Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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Full Text

New German, N.S.,

Jan’y 18, 1907

Dear Doctor Weidner:

Your letter just to hand I was very glad to hear from you again, and trust that you health continues fair and that years of usefulness still be before you in which by your consecrated influence you may continue to help and stimulate our Lutheran pastors throughout America. Since I wrote you last I have been continuing as assiduously as circumstances would allow my course of reading. I finished MacClear on the Creeds and read also carefully Cooperrider’s “Means of Grace” and Geofen’s “Baptizeim” and “Eucharist”. Of these I appreciated Cooperrider the most, though I also found considerable

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material of interest in Geofen’s books, especially in the historical quotations. I found Cooperrider especially fine on the Lord’s Supper. But on the baptism of John the Baptist, neither Cooperrider nor Geofen is satisfactory. They make practically no distinction at all between it and Christian baptism as instituted by Christ. I have started to read Zezschwitz through. He is thoroughly logical and very interesting and instructive and only occasionally is there any fault to be found. I have only read a few papers, i.e. consecutively from the beginning of the book, but was especially pleased with his treatment of the 3rd Commandment with its clear distinction between the O.T. Sabbath and Sunday. I glanced somewhat hurriedly at his treatment of the baptism of John the Baptist in its relation to Christian baptism and I think he is equally clear on that subject. On the Lord’s Supper, while his doctrine is all right, he makes the uncalled

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for concession that “is” frequently means “signifies” – an admission on which Luther staked the whole case. But Luther so thoroughly covered the ground on Baptism and the Lord’s Supper in his work on the Sacraments, which I have in the Henkel English edition, that I don’t think I have come across any points absolutely new that he did not touch upon. I have finished the first volume of Godet’s commentary on St. John and have read part of the second volume. He is very good and very clear, but I became quite indignant at his intense subordinationism of the Son. His [?] leaves the Lord in His state of humiliation not much more than a man with a sort of telephonic connection with the Father. He also is not thoroughly sound on the inspiration of the Scripture, placing too much emphasis on the accuracy of St. John as an eye witness connecting the misimpressions made by the “traditions” recorded by the Synoptists. However, this may be forgiven

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him in view of the fact that it is precisely the Gospel according to St. John that the whole school of negative critics are up in arms against. I am now reading again “Luther’s Primary Works” – Wace & Bucheim. Is Tainbaim’s Typology of Scripture worth reading? I have it in my library, but have not read it. I would be glad to have you recommend any other books you see fit and will get them when I can. We had a long spell of mild weather without any snow until last week. Since then the sleighing has been good and we have had considerable zero weather. The thermometer was down to 12° below last night. The consecration of my new church at Newburn, the Ter[?] Memorial, came off successfully on the 5th Sunday in Dec. It is handsome and churchly in every respect. But I’m afraid I write at too great length and take up too much of your valuable time. With best wishes and kindest regards.

I am

Sincerely yours,

C.H. Little.

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C. H. Little to R. F. Weidner, January 18, 1907

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to Dr. R. F. Weidner, president of the Chicago Theological Lutheran Seminary on January 18, 1907. Little describes his reading and studies, and his life as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia.