C. H. Little to R. F. Weidner, February 12, 1909
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
R. F. Weidner
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to Dr. Weidner on February 12, 1909. Little discusses his ongoing education and reading, and the reassignment of L. M. McCreery.
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
Feb. 12, 1909
Width: 21 cm
Height: 28 cm
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Carroll Herman Little 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, 12 February 1909, RG-102.13, 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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New Germany, N. S.,

Feb’y 12, 1909.

Dear Dr. Weidner:

It has been some time since I have written to you. I have therefore concluded to drop you a line to let you know that I have not given up my course of reading and study which you were largely instrumental in influencing me to undertake, but have been plugging away at it as assiduously as opportunity would permit. Owing to the fact that about a year and a half ago the Editorship of our Synodical organ, the Nova Scotia Lutheran, was thrust upon me, my time for reading and study has been to a considerable extent curtailed; yet, since writing you last, I have finished the following books:

Knauth’s Conservative reformation, re-read

The Faith of our Father’s – Cardinal gibbons

The Lutheran Movement in England – Jacobs

The Christian Life – Thomas Arnold

Church Member’s Manual – C.H.L. Schuetter, re-read

Com. on Hebrews, vol. 1 – Lindsay

Doom Eternal – Renensayder

The Eddyite – Geo. W. Luntilt

Locke on the Church – Horne

Homiletics – Hoppin

House postil, vol. 1, Eng. Translation – Luther

I am also at present reading Dr. Lay’s Exposition of the Augsburg Confession and Broadus on Preaching.

Things ecclesiastical are moving along about as usual up here, though we have recently sustained the loss of a good man in the removal of Pastor McCreery, to Morrisburg, Ont. We want a good strong man, strict in the Lutheran Doctrine and practice as his successor at Bridgewater, which is the natural centre of Lutheranism in Nova Scotia and is a parish of the greatest promise among us. Could you not help us out in the matter? Hoping to hear from you soon, I am

Sincerely yours,

[signed] C.H. Little.

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C. H. Little to R. F. Weidner, February 12, 1909

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to Dr. Weidner on February 12, 1909. Little discusses his ongoing education and reading, and the reassignment of L. M. McCreery.