H. J. Behrens to Carroll Herman Little, July 9, 1917
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Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
H. J. Behrens
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Handwritten letter from H. J. Behrens, English secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of the Canada, to Rev. Carroll Herman Little on July 9, 1917. Behrens encourages Little to accept the call to become the first English professor at the Seminary. Includes information about housing and expenses.
Notes
-- Envelope is included.

-- 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
July 9, 1917
Dimensions
Width: 20.5 cm
Height: 25 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_2.1
Collection
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4501 Longitude: -80.48299
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 9 July 1975, RG-102.13, File 2.1, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc10
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Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

Kitchener Ont.

47 Irvin St.

July 9, 1917

Dear Brother Little:

Your kind letter received. Glad you are at least giving the call to the professorship earnest and prayerful consideration. I hope you may decide to accept, but of course it is matter that you must decide under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I feel there is a great work before you in Waterloo. There is a probability that you would be the first English professor in the not too distant future. (This statement is strictly confidential.) Dr. Laury’s family is permanently located in Bethlehem. From this state of affairs one may draw his own conclusions. Dr. Laury’s address is 341 Garrison St. Bethlehem, P. A.

Since Dr. Laury’s family is living

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in Bethlehem, you would no doubt live in the old Seminary building. I expect to arrange next week to have heating plant repaired, or an entirely new one put in. And will see to it, that it can be properly heated. As to cost of heating, would say that if it requires more to heat your apartments than it should cost in an ordinary home with a good furnace, the Board should assume extra cost, and I am sure the Board will be glad to do so. I will see to it that you get a square deal, in this and in all other matters. Re Moving expenses. In case you accept, I will arrange to have your moving expenses advance to you approximately. It seems to me that you should receive a proportionate amount of that extra $166.00 that falls due on Feb. 1. even is you do not stay, and I believe your congregation at Morrisburg will be good enough and

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big enough to grant it to you even though you do leave before Feb. 1. 1918. As you will not be leaving them on selfish grounds, but in a sense in their interest, as the Seminary’s work is their work also.

I shall be pleased to answer any other questions you may have to ask.

With kindest regards I am

Very Sincerely Yours,

[signed] H. J. Behrens

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H. J. Behrens to Carroll Herman Little, July 9, 1917


Handwritten letter from H. J. Behrens, English secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of the Canada, to Rev. Carroll Herman Little on July 9, 1917. Behrens encourages Little to accept the call to become the first English professor at the Seminary. Includes information about housing and expenses.