C. H. Little to Nils Willison, August 21, 1916
Description
Creators
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Nils Willison
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Handwritten copy of a letter from Carroll Herman Little to Nils Willison, editor of The Canada Lutheran, on August 21, 1916.
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 Kelsey Grant in May 2014.
Date of Original
Aug. 21, 1916
Dimensions
Width: 21 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S100_5.1.7
Collection
Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada 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 Carroll Herman Little to Nils Willison, 21 August 1916, S100, File 5.1.7, Eastern Canada Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
U242 Disc11
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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Full Text

{St. Lawrence Lutheran Parish

Rev. Dr. C.H. Little, Pastor}

Morrisburg, Ont. Aug. 21, 1916

The Rev. N. Willison, Huronville, Ont.

Copy of protest

Dear Brother:-

As a member of The Ev. Luth. Synod of Central Canada, I desire to register my protest against the sentiments set forth in The Canada Lutheran, our official organ, in the editorials of the last number entitled “The Pulpit and Politics ” and Inter-Protestant Cooperation”. The first is a surrender of the evangelical spirit of our church to the legalistic spirit of the Reformed; and the second, in spite of all your elaborate argument for [?] practice, falls before the one inspired word “How can two walk together except they be agreed?”

Personally you may hold any opinions you like on these subjects, but I object to having these set forth with official sanction as the position of our Synod.

On account of them I cannot conscientiously distribute the sample copies of this issue among my people. I write this sorrowfully and with no personal feeling, but as a matter of principle.

Sincerely yours,

[signed] C.H. Little

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C. H. Little to Nils Willison, August 21, 1916


Handwritten copy of a letter from Carroll Herman Little to Nils Willison, editor of The Canada Lutheran, on August 21, 1916.