Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 6, 1912
- Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Little, Candace, Recipient
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- Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on November 6, 1912. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children. He also discusses his work as pastor and housefather at Bethany Orphans' Home in Nova Scotia, including management and financing.
- Carroll Herman Little (1872-1958) was a Lutheran pastor, and a professor and administrator at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (now Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) 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.
Carroll Herman 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, and John Frederick.
Carroll Herman Little died in Waterloo, Ontario on March 31, 1958.
Letter transcribed by Michael Skelton in May 2012.
- Date of Original:
- Nov. 6, 1912
Width: 21 cm
Height: 28.5 cm
- Local identifier:
- Carroll Herman Little fonds
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Nova Scotia, Canada
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- Carroll Herman Little letter, 6 November 1912, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Wilfrid Laurier University
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- Full Text
Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Nova Scotia
Office of the President.
Nov. 6, 1912
Your most welcome letter was received several days ago and was greatly enjoyed. I have been writing so many letters the last couple days in making my annual appeals that I don’t feel much like writing to-night, but will have to give you a few lines at any rate. I am enclosing one of my folders that I have recently gotten out because it contains what I regard as a very good picture of myself and is neatly gotten up. The only fault I find with it is the leaving off “The” before “Rev.” and the insertion of a comma in one place where none belongs, both of which are due to the obstinate stupidity of the printers. I got a Halifax paper this morning and learned of the overwhelming defeat of the Republicans and Progressives and the landslide for Wilson and Democracy. I am glad that the Democrats are at last coming into their own, and I suppose there is great rejoicing in the South over the victory. Bonnie has been up to-day for the first time. She has been feeling fine all along, but kept in bed on account of the Doctor’s orders. The little baby is growing fast and continues as good as ever. Bonnie says she is just “perfect”, than which there can be no higher praise. Herman and Carolus
both think the world of the baby and want to kiss her a half dozen times or more a day. Both of them call her by both names. But we will call her Marion. You are mistaken in thinking we selected the name which the baby happened to fit. We didn’t name her till we felt sure of her sex and we didn’t calculate on her being anything else. I never have missed it yet in my diagnosis. Mrs. Bermon gave birth also to a daughter yesterday afternoon. They had her named Elsie Louise. You should hear Herman talk now. He can say anything and knows “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”. He makes the gestures too in the cutest kind of way. Bonnie says it is fun to hear Carolus and me talk. She says it sounds like two old men talking together. Carolus often puts up quite an argument and stands up for his rights when he is sure of his ground. We are having Indian Summer just now after a sharp cold snap. To-day we got the last of our turnips in. They were not as large as last year but of a nice size. We raised about 625 bushels. Our crops are now all gathered in and our apples too. I will keep 100 or 150 bushels of turnips over till next spring when I can get 50₵ a bushel for them. I think I will put out more of them next year. Carolus
thanks you very much for the quarter you sent him and wishes you had more Canadian quarters. I am spending it for him for candy on the instalment plan so as to make it last longer. He gave Herman enough for him to mess himself up pretty well. Both Carolus and Herman always say “Excuse me please” when they have finished eating. They are quite polite boys. We received a letter from Pearl this week and also one from Herminie to-day. In the latter was a picture of Herman Wallace on a post card where he is apparently on the fly. He is a buster of a boy. Well, I must close. With love to you all, I am
Most Sincerely yours,
[signed] C. H. Little