Letter to Carroll Herman Little from H. J. Behrens, May 29, 1911
- Bermon, J., Correspondent
Little, Carroll Herman, Recipient
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- Item Type:
- Official call to Carroll Herman Little as housefather of Bethany Orphan's Home in Bridgeport, Nova Scotia. The letter is handwritten and includes the red corporate seal.
- Carroll Herman Little (1872-1958) was a Lutheran pastor, and a professor and administrator at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (now Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) 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:
- May 29, 1911
Width: 17 cm
Height: 30 cm
- Local identifier:
- Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada fonds
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- Geographic Coverage:
Nova Scotia, Canada
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- Carroll Herman Little letter, 29 May 1911, Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Wilfrid Laurier University
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- Full Text
To the Rev. C. H. Little
Grace be to you, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
At a meeting of the Board of Trustees, of the Bethany Orphans Home, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nova Scotia, held at the Home near Bridgewater, N.S. on the 24th day of May, 1911, you were duly chosen to become Housefather, of the above named institution.
As Housefather you will be required to faithfully discharge the duties of Housefather, as defined, specified, and set forth in the published Constitution and By-laws of the Corporation.
By authority and on behalf of the above named Board of Trustees, we the undersigned do extend to you, a formal call, and earnestly urge upon you the acceptance of the same; and
In the name of said Board of Trustees, we do pledge you our prayers, our love and esteem and our hearty co-operation in the work of the Lord. And for you temporal support and comfort, we are authorized by the said Board, to promise to pay you, in quarterly installments, the sum of $600.00 annually, and to furnish home, and maintenance for yourself and family, free of
Cost to yourself, so long as you do continue to be Housefather of the Bethany Orphans Home.
In testimony whereof we have subscribed our names this 29th day of May, 1911 at the request and on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Bethany Orphans Home, and have further affixed the seal of the Corporation.
H. J. Behrens, President
J. [?] Bermon, Sec’y.