C. H. Little to R. F. Weidner, December 20, 1909
Description
Creators
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
R. F. Weidner
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to Dr. Weidner, on December 20, 1909. Little discusses his ongoing religious readings.
Notes
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.

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 Josephine, and John Frederick.

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

-- Letter transcribed by Michael Skelton in 2013.
Date of Original
Dec. 20, 1909
Dimensions
Width: 26 cm
Height: 16.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S100_5.1.7
Collection
Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada fonds
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Nova Scotia, Canada
    Latitude: 44.45015 Longitude: -64.38205
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to R. F. Weidner, 20 December 1909, 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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RG_102.13 Disc18
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

Mahone Bay, N. S.,

Dec. 20, 1909.

Dear Dr. Weidner:

Your very welcome note came to hand the other day. I was pleased to hear from you after so long a period of silence. I am sorry I have not greater progress to report. I have read, I think, only three books on strictly theological lines since I wrote you last. They are Dr. M. Loy’s Exposition of the Augsburg Confession, a most excellent work to strengthen one’s Lutheranism; Broadus on Preaching, which I think is the most suggestive, helpful and stimulating work I have read along the line of Homiletics; and Virret’s Pastoral Theology. For some time I have been occupying what little spare time I have in reading an informative secular work Greene’s history of the English People. When I finish that I will go back to something more nearly along my line. But I have had very little time for reading. After Rev. Murray resigned here I was called to Mahone Bay and entered on the work Oct, 3, ’09. My successor at New Germany is the Rev. J. F. Bermon of the Seminary at Phila. Wishing you the blessings of this Christmas season, I am Sincerely yours,

[signed] C. H. Little

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C. H. Little to R. F. Weidner, December 20, 1909


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to Dr. Weidner, on December 20, 1909. Little discusses his ongoing religious readings.