C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 20, 1907
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 22, 1907. Little describes his life as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia. Includes details about the construction of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Germany.
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 in April 2012.
Date of Original
Sept. 20, 1907
Width: 21 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Nova Scotia, Canada
    Latitude: 44.55015 Longitude: -64.71547
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 20 September 1907, RG-102.13, File 1.9.2, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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Full Text

New Germany, N.S.,

Sept. 20, 1907

Dear Mother:

Your post card from Washington and Jennie Lee’s from Norfolk were both gladly received. I was rather surprised to hear that you had taken in the capital. You are getting around pretty well in your old days. Maybe if Herbert and I don’t get down next summer you will undertake a trip up to see us. But I am glad that you got to see Washington and enjoyed your visit there so well. It is a fine city, one of the most beautiful on the continent or at least it was so reputed to be before Roosevelt got to riding rough shod over it. How did you like the Library of Congress? It is criticized very severely by some artists as being loud and gawdy in its decorations; but I rather liked it and the crazy-quilt effect did not strike me. But then I am no artist and my experience in such matters is quite limited. I think, however, I have developed a little in the line of church decorations. I will put my churches against any that we have here in that respect. My New Germany church is nearing completion. The carpenter work is done, with the exception of the hanging of a gate and a swinging door and putting the finishing touches on the pulpit. The painters have got down to steady work now and I am in hopes that they will get done by Saturday a week. The whole effect is going to be fine and will be an eye-opener to people around here. The dedication is set for the fifth Sunday. I am anxious to get it over. It has of late been taking up a great deal of my time and

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I have got scarcely anything else done except the sermonizing absolutely required. Next Sunday night I will preach the last time in the old hall. I will then turn it over to the tender mercies of the Methodists and Baptists and surrender my rights in it. I got some beautiful carpet for the chancel in Bridgewater last week, also linoleum for the aisles and the choir platform. I want to have a picture of the inside of the church made as soon as I get all the furnishings in.

We are going to start our paper, The Nova Scotia Lutheran sometime around the first of October. I have been kept very busy this week writing for it and getting up material. It is going to add materially to my work I’m afraid. I will try to send you a copy when it comes out. As I didn’t have enough work to do with this and my parish and other things, I have undertaken another job. After resisting for a good while the importunities of a number of the young people here, I finally consented to undertake a class in German and will begin my pedagogical career next week. I preached last Sunday in the Bridgewater parish winding up at Bridgewater Sunday night. It was a rather hard day for me, as I had two communions and a trip of 20 miles. I was too tired to go out to Herbert’s Sunday night, but was there for dinner both on Saturday and on Monday. Little Harold was very glad to see me. I couldn’t get away from him at all while I was there and when Herbert and I drove to Bridgewater we had to take him “with”. He talks well and surprises everybody with his fluency. His mother taught him his Sunday school lesson Sunday and he answered it all right. Monday she thought she

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would see how much he remembered and asked “Harold, who made you?” Quick as a flash he replied “Uncle Carty”. When they ask him whose boy he is, he always says “Carty’s boy”. Bessie is looking especially well. I don’t think I ever saw a woman look healthier on the verge of maternity. I only hope she will have her baby in time for Herbert to come up and preach for me at our church consecration. In spite of the exceedingly rainy day we had our Reunion, the Park Association cleared about $300.00. While we should have done better this will be quite a help for the Home. For the last few days we have been having quite cool weather. There was a big white frost this morning and ice in places. I find it rather cool without a fire. It was below 50° in the room early this morning and didn’t reach 60 till round about noon. We will soon have to put stoves up at this rate. The rainy season, however, is about over and the probability is that we will have a nice dry fall. I was quite surprised when I received Our Church Record the other evening to learn that Rev. Crouse was going to leave Hickory for Charlottesville, Va. That is quite a move for him and his family. The university town, however, would I imagine be a pleasant place in which to live. I never stopped there but passed through a time or two. When you write again give me an account of your trip. I trust this will find you at home safe and sound again. With best wishes and love, I am

Most sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 20, 1907

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 22, 1907. Little describes his life as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia. Includes details about the construction of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Germany.