July 24, 1917
Rev. C. H. Little D.D.
Thank you for your letter of the 21. inst. Your decision has greatly pleased me. I hope and pray, that the Lord may bless it, both to you and the Seminary.
As to the effect the Military Service bill may have on our student body, I am rather optimistic. In the first place, the bill is not passed yet. Of course it may be passed any day. But even in this case, the muddled parliamentary situation includes a fair chance of the Bill never being carried into effect, or at least not immediately; and taking for granted that the Bill passes and is made workable right away, it is after all only a selective conscription and the probabilities for our 10-12 students – the college students are almost without exception under the legal age – to secure exemptions for one reason or other, are at least 10 times larger than the probability that they be drafted. If the worst should come I do not anticipate the effect of the Bill on our Institution to be sufficiently serious to justify its closing or even a reduction of the faculty. It may be a case of the wish being the father of the thought and may seem very idle to indulge in mere suppositions and anticipations,
but I sincerely trust that the Lord will avert a calamity from our Seminary at a time when its service seems so utterly indispensable for the Church.
I therefore wish you would not allow this consideration to interfere with your decision. You have reached your decision, because you were convinced that the Lord calls you to Waterloo; not lightly or wantonly, but after careful and prayerful consideration. Do your best and let God take care of the rest.
As to the residence-question, let Bro. Behrens know all your personal wishes and be again assured that what is in the power of the Board will be done to make you as comfortable as possible.
With best wishes I am
[signed] E. Hoffmann
The Rev. C.H. Little, D.D,