Letter from Emil Hoffmann to Carroll Herman Little, December 5, 1916
- Hoffmann, Emil, Correspondent
Little, Carroll Herman, Recipient
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- Postcard to Carroll Herman Little from Emil Hoffmann on December 5, 1916. Hoffmann is sending Little a copy of Jubiläums-Büchlein, the 1911 Jubliee book of the Canada Synod.
- 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 Kelsey Grant in May 2014.
- Date of Original:
- Dec. 5 1916
Width: 9 cm
Height: 14 cm
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- Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada fonds
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- Carroll Herman Little letter, 5 December 1916, Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Wilfrid Laurier University
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The Rev. Dr. C.H. Little
Dec. 5. 1916.
The Rev. Dr. Little
I have just mailed a copy of the “Jubiläums - büchlein” of the Canada Synod to you. But please do use the favor and keep it; don’t return it.
I sincerely thank you for the noble sentiments expressed in your letter. I can hardly tell you how much I appreciate them. We hear so much of the opposite sort, that we are brought near to loosing our selfrespect. The worst is that our Seminary cause is actually suffering in consequence of the unwise & uncharitable attitude of some. I have been looking and working for a union of the Com. Luth. forces at least those of the Gen. Council but are afraid, a deep chasm has been created.
Best wishes: Fraternally E. Hoffmann