Preston A. Laury to Carroll Herman Little, August 6, 1917
Description
Creators
Preston A. Laury, Correspondent
Carrol Herman Little
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Handwritten letter from Preston A. Laury, President of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada, to Carroll Herman Little on August 6, 1917. Laury discusses opening services for Waterloo College School and the Seminary. Includes envelope.
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
Date of Original
Aug. 6, 1917
Dimensions
Width: 20.5 cm
Height: 26.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_2.10
Collection
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 40.86173 Longitude: -78.73031
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, 6 August 1917, RG-102.13, File 2.10, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc11
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
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Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

341 Garrison Street, Bethlehem, Pa 8-6-17

Dear Doctor Little,

It is indeed gratifying to learn that you have accepted the call to become the English Professor of our Seminary. I wish to thank you for the favorable decision. I also learn that the congregation realizes its importance sufficiently to accept your resignation. Your call, accordingly, is clear. You will serve the church by helping to prepare young men for the Ministry of the Word. May God bless your efforts.

I wrote Brother Behrens to spare no expense that the building may be put in proper shape for your residence.

My calculations were to attend your meeting September fifth, but Wentzel’s Lake has called so loud that I decided to accept that engagement. Am also expected to visit a number of congregations in the interests of the Seminary. Any information you may have that might be of value to me on my visit, will be gratefully received.

Have written to Rev. Behrens about opening services of the College. You are expected to make the opening address of the Seminary September, twenty-sixth, but if you have any remarks for students on September sixth, two o’clock, afternoon, you are free to make them. Rev. E. Beckman is expected to make opening address at College.

You are expected to take English [?] for new students, the foreign-born & others who need it until opening of Seminary. If you wish to take some classes in Latin until I arrive, it will be a great help.

Wishing you & yours God’s blessing,

I remain, sincerely,

[signed] Preston A. Laury.

(Envelope)

314 Garrisons Street

Bethlehem, Pa.

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

Morrisburg,

Ontario,

Canada,

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Preston A. Laury to Carroll Herman Little, August 6, 1917


Handwritten letter from Preston A. Laury, President of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada, to Carroll Herman Little on August 6, 1917. Laury discusses opening services for Waterloo College School and the Seminary. Includes envelope.