Call from the Board of Governors of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada to Carroll Herman Little, July 12, 1917
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Creators
Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada, Correspondent
Carroll Herman Little
, Recipient
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Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Handwritten letter from the Board of Governors of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada to C.H. Little on July 12, 1917. This is the official call to service, offering Little a position as professor at the Seminary. It is signed by Emil Hoffmann and H. J. Behrens.
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.

Date of Original
July 12, 1917
Dimensions
Width: 20 cm
Height: 26 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_2.4
Collection
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.70011 Longitude: -79.4163
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Official call from the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada to Carroll Herman Little, 12 July 1917, RG-102.13, File 2.4, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc11
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Full Text

Toronto, Ont.

July 12, 1917.

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

Morrisburg, Ont.

Rev. and Dear Dr. Little:

At a meeting of the Seminary Board, held at Waterloo, Ont., June 26th, 1917, it was unanimously resolved, to elect you 2. English Professor of the Ev. Luth. Seminary at Waterloo.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost and in behalf of the Board of Governors of the Seminary we herewith extend to you a formal call and ask you to serve our Institution in the capacity of Professor of Sacred Theology.

While it is not within the sphere of our authority to advise you in detail as to which of the several theological disciplines may be entrusted to you – this having to be arranged by the Faculty of the Institution – we beg to state, that the chief intent and purpose of the Board in calling you was to relieve the German Professor of English work as far as possible and thereby enable him, to concentrate his time and effort upon the purely German work, which was assigned to him in his call.

We pledge you our confidence and co-operation in all you efforts to further the true interest of the Seminary and as a remuneration for your services we promise to pay you a

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minimum salary of $1200 – twelve hundred dollars – and a free dwelling for you and your family.

Praying the Head of the Church, our Lord Jesus Christ, that He may guide you by His Holy Spirit, to consider and accept our call, we beg to remain with high esteem

Yours

The Board of Governors of the

Ev. Luth. Seminary of Canada:

[signed] E. Hoffmann, Pres.

[signed] H. J. Behrens, Sec.

(Envelope)

From Rev. H.J. Behrens

Kitchener, Ont.

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

Morrisburg, Ont.

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Call from the Board of Governors of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada to Carroll Herman Little, July 12, 1917


Handwritten letter from the Board of Governors of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada to C.H. Little on July 12, 1917. This is the official call to service, offering Little a position as professor at the Seminary. It is signed by Emil Hoffmann and H. J. Behrens.