H. J. Behrens to Carroll Herman Little, July 26, 1917
H. J. Behrens, Correspondent
Carrol Herman Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter to Carroll Herman Little from H.J. Behrens on July 26, 1917. Behrens discusses the house provided to the Little family.
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 26, 1917
Width: 20.5 cm
Height: 26 cm
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4501 Longitude: -80.48299
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from H. J. Behrens to Carroll Herman Little, 26 July 1917, RG-102.13, File 2.9, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc11
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

Kitchener, Ont.

47 Irvin St.

July 26, 1917

Dear Bro. Little:-

Your acceptance of the call to the Professorship to hand. I am certainly pleased that you are coming to the Seminary. May God bless you in your new work. I know there will be difficulties in this work as there are in every place, but I know that with God’s help you will overcome them, and will do great work for Christ’s Kingdom and the advancement of His Church.

I have had the plumbers inspect the old heating system, and they claim that it can be repaired with very little expense, and that it will heat the building, but that there dare be no sparing of coal. They also state that the furnace was clogged up and was not kept properly cleaned,

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which had a great deal to do with it being inadequate. The man who lived in the building before the Seminary purchased it claims that the furnace heated the building when it was fired heavily. That of course means lots of coal. Well, the Board will have to pay for the coal that is burned over the amount required to heat an ordinary house. We will see that the house is warm in one way or another. It must be comfortable for your family.

You will have the garden that Dr. Laury had. It is a fine garden.

About how much will your moving expenses amount too? Let me know, so that I can arrange to have them advanced to you. When will you arrive in Waterloo? With kindest regards and best wishes to yourself and family, I am

Very Sincerely yours,

[signed] H. J. Behrens

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H. J. Behrens to Carroll Herman Little, July 26, 1917

Handwritten letter to Carroll Herman Little from H.J. Behrens on July 26, 1917. Behrens discusses the house provided to the Little family.