C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 24, 1915
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 24, 1915. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario.
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 2012.
Date of Original
Nov. 24, 1915
Width: 21 cm
Height: 13 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
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 Candace Little, 24 November 1915, RG-102.13, File 1.17.6, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc7
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text





Nov. 24, 1915.

Dear Mother:

Pardon me for failing to make mention of your birthday and to extend my congratulations in my last letter. But as it was several days before your birthday occurred, I never thought of it. It only dawned upon me Sunday when I had occasion to write down the date of the month. I then and there thought well, this is my mother’s birthday; but it goes without saying that I breathed a prayer for your happiness on your natal day and for your highest welfare through many more years to come. I was sorry I did not think of it in time to get my good wishes in the letter which you no doubt received about that

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date. Carolus has been after me for the last week or so to tell him when I was going to write to grandmother so he could get a letter in. I gave him the opportunity to-night: the result you will find enclosed. I hope you will be able to read it. It seems he forms his plurals by adding “is” instead of “s”. The words are not all of them those with which he is familiar and are not therefore representative of his chirography. But he did it all himself without any help from anybody and is anxious that I should tell you so. The boy he sits with is Ryerson Casselman. I tell you this for fear you might not be able to make out the name. When he got through with his letter, he

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said he wanted you to show it to your little boy that goes to school. I told him he should put “P.S. Show this to Marcus”, which he has done.

We were invited out to dinner yesterday at Mr. Jacob Lane’s down the river front. Bonnie and I and Herman and Marion were down, and stayed also till after tea. We had fried chicken for dinner beside an abundance of other good things. Minnie stayed home and kept the baby and Carolus was at school. We have been having beautiful weather for quite awhile now, very mild for so late in the season. We have had no occasion yet to put on our storm doors or double windows. These would make it too warm with the furnace going. Minnie and Marion

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have had pretty bad colds, but both are getting better now. Our new range is to be placed in the kitchen to-morrow. It is a fine looking stove and the most popular one sold in Ontario, “The Universal Range”. The cellar under the Church is now in readiness for the installation of the furnace and I expect they will have the furnace in by the first of next week if not before. This will greatly improve the appearance and the comfort of our little Church. I don’t think we will be able to do much remodeling or decorating in the Church before spring. I am trying to get the old windows to be replaced by stained glass memorial windows. I think I will be able to get the most of them taken up.

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It is only four weeks now, or a little better, one month to-morrow, to be exact until Christmas. It hardly seems possible that it is so near. Last Friday night Bonnie and I attended the Ladies Aid and Missionary Society’s meeting and Social in Nudell Bush. It was about 7 miles below here. We had a stormy night to return in, but weren’t much the worse for the weather. We were up the street to-night to see Mrs. Casselman, the late Dr. Casselman’s mother. She is quite low and I don’t think will ever be any better, though she may last till the holidays. To-morrow night I am to attend the Luther League at Mrs. Hunter’s near St. Jacobs’ Church. My horse hire is running heavy this month. It will be $15 or over. I am not saving any money at all.

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The only time that I ever made any was at the Orphans’ Home. If it hadn’t been for the surplus there I think I would have been in bankruptcy by this time. Miss Dr. Victoria Ernst had adopted William Herman and is going educate him for the Lutheran ministry. He is a bright boy and I think will make a good minister. Dr. Krauss informs me that they are ready to give me graduation in the English Bible course of the Chicago Seminary correspondence course. I don’t know that I will have much use for it but will take it if there is no fee attached for diploma. I have credits also on several other courses. Dr. Krauss writes as though he has an idea that I am a pretty good theologian. I have been taking a postgraduate course off and on for

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several years by correspondence with Chicago. I would do more in this line, but am too tired the first couple days in the week to do anything and the rest of the week is largely taken up with my Sunday work and the necessary visiting. I will be glad when the time comes that this parish can be divided. I am not losing any flesh however – in fact I am rather picking up some. I weighed 160 the other day and I doubt if any of the boys can do better. But I must bring my rambling remarks to a close. With love to all,

I am

Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 24, 1915

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 24, 1915. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario.