C. H. Little to R. F. Weidner, February 12, 1914
Description
Creators
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
F. R. Weidner
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to Dr. Weidner, President of the Lutheran Theology Seminary, on February 12, 1914. Little list the religious texts he has read in the past year, and asks Weidner to recommend a pastor for the Midville Parish in Nova Scotia.
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 2012.
Date of Original
Feb.12, 1914
Dimensions
Width: 21 cm
Height: 28 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: 44.38345 Longitude: -64.51546
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, 12 February 1914, Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada fonds, S100, File 5.1.7, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc11
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Full Text

{The Evangelical Lutheran Synod

of Nova Scotia

Office of the President}

Bridgewater, N.S.,

Feb’y 12, 1914.

The Rev. R. F. Weidner, D.D.,

Lutheran Theol. Seminary,

Maywood, Ill.

Dear Doctor Weidner:

Your kind letter inquiring as to my work was received a few days ago. In reply I will say that owing to my many duties as President of Synod, Editor of our Synodical organ The Nova Scotia Lutheran, and Housefather and Financial Agent of the Bethany Orphans’ Home, and supply preacher for our vacant parishes, I have not been able to do anything like the amount of systematic study that I would have liked to do. I do not remember when I wrote you last but will give you a list of what I have done from 12 months or so back. I have read the Book of Concord (Vols. I & II Jacobs ed.), The Confessional Principles – Schmauk, Life of Dr. [?], The Divine Art of Preaching – Pierson, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome – Chiniquy, Lenski’s Eisenach Gospels, Vol. I & II, besides tracts like The Fundamentals, Pieper’s Conversion and Election, The Lutheran Church Review and the like. Besides I read the Greek Testament through once a year, the English Bible once a year and the New Testament from 4 to 5 times a year. I am sorry I cannot make a better report, but my circumstances are not favourable for a great amount of

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reading and study. I organized a pastoral association two years ago which meets once a month at which papers are read and discussions are held. We have so far covered about half of the Articles of the Augsburg Confession and have also had many papers on Practical Subjects and along exegetical and homiletical lines.

Now another matter. We have at present two vacant parishes. There is some prospect of filling one of them; but the other, The Midville Parish, has as yet no prospect of securing a pastor. The Parish is a country parish with 5 congregations and several preaching points. The sermonizing is not difficult, but considerable driving is required. It has just been vacated by Pastor D.K. Fetterly who has gone to Rose Bay. The Parish pays a salary of $700 and parsonage. It might possibly pay $800, I do no know. But it is a parish opportunity. According to Government Census Report there are within the bounds of that parish 1100 people who call themselves Lutheran. Do you have a member of your graduating class to recommend, who would consider a call to this parish? If so, I would be glad to hear from you immediately.

Sincerely yours,

[signed] C.H. Little.

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C. H. Little to R. F. Weidner, February 12, 1914


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to Dr. Weidner, President of the Lutheran Theology Seminary, on February 12, 1914. Little list the religious texts he has read in the past year, and asks Weidner to recommend a pastor for the Midville Parish in Nova Scotia.