Preston Laury to Carroll Herman Little, July 7, 1917
Preston A. Laury, Correspondent
Carrol Herman Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Preston Laury, president of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada to Carroll Herman Little on July 7, 1917. Laury encourages Little to accept the call as professor to the Seminary. He discusses the influence of German Lutherans at the Seminary.
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 7, 1917
Width: 20.5 cm
Height: 25 cm
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 40.86173 Longitude: -78.73031
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 7 July 1917, RG-102.13, File 2.5, 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
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

341 Garrison Street,

Bethlehem, Pa.

Dear Doctor Little:

Your kind letter re your call received this Friday the thirteenth, a bad omen. Nevertheless, I have nothing to change my opinion as expressed in the letter forwarded to you a few days ago.

There is only one thing which I want to refer to for reasons which may be evident to those who have had experience. I mean the reference to a statement in Deutsches Lutheranes which I saw at Mt. Airy while attending the Summer School. The Canadian reporter – (used to be Prof. Lincke) states that Prof. Lincke is relieved of all English instruction and that the Synod urgently requests the Board to call a German-English Professor for the Seminary.

I too was called as Pres. & Eng Prof. but found out later that the Germans counted on me to espouse their cause. Since I followed the conditions of the call, I incurred the displeasure not of the aggressive Germans, but of the Iron Ring of the Synod. Fortunately the war made the plans of the ring ineffective, & I am still at the helm, not with a prejudice against the Germans who are loyal to Canada, but with the firm determination never to yield to the Kaiserites, who will stop at nothing to win their point.

The men with whom you will deal, or come in contact, are staunch & loyal friends of the institution and its interests. Why your call should read “English Professor”, which is the only thing that can be acceptable to the General public at this time. Why the

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‘Canadian reporter’ should say “German-English” I do not understand. I report it because I do not want you to go through the same experience I had. If, however, you do not consider that point worth your further attention, then let us consider the matter dropped.

As already stated, my heart’s desire is that you may see your way clear to accept and see it so clearly that your people will also see it in the same light.

I never had better friends than my parishioners at Perkasie. My recent visit there confirms that relation, but there is not one who, though he regrets my absence, will not say I am doing a God given work. If you can explain your call to your people so that they see the divine call, they will not only consent but ask God’s blessing on your future work; while God will provide a man who will carry forward His work.

You will be of great value to the institution, if you take History-General, Canadian & Church; Practical Theology; and Catalogue Page 16:IX; some Latin & may be some Greek; Logic; Catechism & Bible Literature. You notice the work is enough to keep you out of mischief. If Prof. Lincke refuses to teach English, then you would also take Encyclopedia and [?]. You will have about eighteen hours or twenty-four periods a week.

Do not decline the call; we need you, we want you. The reference to “German-English Professor” is a minor matter which I thought you ought to know. After you take up the work, you will recognize the fact that the Canadian Church depends on you & me to make the institution a success. The reactionaries have spent their power for injury.

Praying God may lead you to accept, I remain, with best wishes to all,

Preston A. Laury


314 Garrison St.

Bethlehem, Pa.

The Celebration Medal

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

Morrisburg, Ont


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Preston Laury to Carroll Herman Little, July 7, 1917

Handwritten letter from Preston Laury, president of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada to Carroll Herman Little on July 7, 1917. Laury encourages Little to accept the call as professor to the Seminary. He discusses the influence of German Lutherans at the Seminary.