Preston A. Laury to Carroll Herman Little, July 9, 1917
Description
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Preston A. Laury, Correspondent
Carrol Herman Little
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Handwritten letter from Preston Laury, President of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada to Rev. Carroll Herman Little on July 9, 1917. Laury urges Little to accept the call as English professor at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario.
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 2013.
Date of Original
July 9, 1917
Dimensions
Width: 20.5 cm
Height: 26 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_2.2
Collection
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.9001 Longitude: -75.18261
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Preston A. Laury to Carroll Herman Little, 9 July 1917, RG-102.13, File 2.2, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc10
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Full Text

341 Garrison Street,

Bethlehem, Pa. 7-9-17.

The Rev. C. H. Little, D.D.

Morrisburg, Ont.

Dear Doctor,-

Rev. H. J. Behrens informs me that you have been elected as English Professor of the Seminary at Waterloo. I am very glad to learn of the Board’s action, and express my sincere wish that you may see your way clear to accept it. As soon as the Germans see that the effort to make the institution representative of their interests is hopeless, the future is assured. The fact that the Canada Synod requested the election of an English Professor means more than the mere statement of the fact would indicate. You are the man for the place.

I opposed the election of Student Zinck at this time, not because I have no faith in him, but it is not fair to us nor to him to put him as principal of the College before his course is completed, & before he is tested as all young men in the ministry are tested. In a few years, if he proves faithful, he will make an excellent professor & possibly Principal for the College.

But this is aside of the mark. What I want to impress upon you is the fact that there is real need for your services.

Praying that God may lead you in this important matter,

I remain, with best wishes to the family

[signed] Preston A. Laury

(Envelope)

341 Garrison st

Bethlehem, Pa

The Rev. C.H. Little. D.D.

Morrisburg,

Ontario,

Canada

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Preston A. Laury to Carroll Herman Little, July 9, 1917


Handwritten letter from Preston Laury, President of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada to Rev. Carroll Herman Little on July 9, 1917. Laury urges Little to accept the call as English professor at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario.