Letter from H. J. Behrens to Carroll Herman Little, July 4, 1917
- Behrens, H. J., Correspondent
Little, Carroll Herman, Recipient
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- Handwritten letter from H. J. Behrens to Carroll Herman on July 4, 1917. Behrens discusses Little's call to the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada and encourages him to accept.
- 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:
- July 5, 1917
Width: 20 cm
Height: 26 cm
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- Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada fonds
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- Carroll Herman Little letter, 4 July 1917, Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Wilfrid Laurier University
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47 Irvin St.
July 4. 1917
Dear Brother Little:-
No doubt brother Mauser has informed you that you were unanimously elected as an additional English Professor in the Seminary at the meeting of the Seminary Board on June 26th. A few days after the meeting I wrote Dr. Hoffmann asking him to prepare call and forward to me for signature and then I would forward it to you. I have not heard from him, but I am told he is not at home at present. I am sorry the call is not in your hands already. Will get it to you just as quickly as I can. Salary offered is $1200 per annum and free residence. I sincerely hope you will accept, as does every member of the Board. There is a great work to be done at the Seminary. The misunderstandings
have been to a large extent over-come during the past year. The Germans are supporting the institution better than ever before. I know you will have no trouble in getting along with the German brethern. The prospects for the seminary and College were never so bright, providing we can get proper teaching staff.
I hope and pray you may see your way clear to accept the call to the professorship
Mrs. Behrens wishes to be remembered to you and Mrs. Little and hopes she may soon have the pleasure of greeting you and Mrs. Little in our congregation and in our home.
[signed] H.J. Behrens
From Rev. H.J. Behrens
The Rev. C.H. Little. D.D.
July 8, 1917