Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 3, 1919

Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Little, Candace
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on March 3, 1919. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario.
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 2012.
Date of Original:
March 3,1919
Width: 16.3 cm
Height: 25.6 cm
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Waterloo, Ont.,

March 3, 1919.

Dear Mother:

I intended writing you last night but when I came to consider the matter I found that I had no stamps. But it was just as well I suppose, as Robert wouldn’t let me write anyway. You see, it was so mild yesterday that he could play with the other children outside. In consequence of the dissipation he came in sleepy and took a nap in the afternoon and wasn’t the least bit sleepy and I had to play with him and keep him amused until bed time. He is so attached to his father that he will not stay with anyone else when he is around. He is great company too and smart for his years. He can count ten all alone and can say nearly all the Lord’s Prayer without help and is a very plain and clear talker.

Yesterday morning I preached for Prof. Willison in First English, Kitchener. The latter got back Saturday night from the New York Conference, but was too tired to preach in the morning. I had a very good congregation out and rather enjoyed preaching. I preached an

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introductory sermon to Lent from the text “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem.” In the evening I attended St. John’s. Pastor Bockelmann did better in English than the time before when I heard him. Prof. Willison did not report very great success from his attendance upon the Conference. It seems that they are centralizing everything and imposing unheard of apportionments upon the Synods. Our little synod of 1900 members is apportioned over $3000. Beyond promising Prof. Willison to give sympathetic consideration to his protests they promised nothing. If this is to be the policy I don’t think our Canada Synods will stand for it. I feel sure that the Canada and Manitoba synods will pull out, as it was only through great pressure that they were finally prevailed to go into it in the first place. I believe that our best plan would be to pull out and form a united Canadian Lutheran Church, in which we would be free to govern ourselves. We could easily carry on all our own work and do considerable besides on the money the United Church requires of us. It seems that they are looking over all the educational institutions also. They had intended to allow our Waterloo Seminary and College only $2500 a year

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until Prof. Willison pointed out that it cost us over $7000 a year to run it. In view of this they thought that they might appropriate us $5000. But we would then still have $2000 or more to make up. I guess we will thrash out the whole matter at our Synodical convention in June. Pastor Maurer is still in the hospital and is likely to be there 3 or 4 weeks yet. He is getting along fairly well but his progress is slow. The Drs. however, express themselves as well satisfied with his condition. We are having exceedingly mild spring like weather now. There are still spots of snow here and there, but it is melting fast. I went down town and back this afternoon without an overcoat on. We never saw anything like it around here so early in the season. The boys, Carolus and Herman, are getting along well in school. Herman’s room had examination last week and he stood third in the room. Pastor Bockelmann has struck a snag in trying to anglicise his Sunday School and has not yet put it into effect. Some of the Germans are pretty stubborn in standing out for the German. The fact that

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it is not taught in the public schools any more renders them all the more insistent that it be retained in the Sunday School. He made no announcement about the matter yesterday. We have succeeded in getting a housekeeper during Bonnie’s expected confinement. She was able to do the wash to-day yet, though appearances are that she will not be able to do it next week. Aside from the inconvenience which her condition causes she is in good condition and a splendid state of health. So we expect everything to turn out favorably. She told her folks at home last week, creating quite a surprise, perhaps I had better say ‘consternation’ among them.

Well, I don’t know of anything else of particular interest, so I will close with best wishes and love from us all, I am

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 3, 1919

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on March 3, 1919. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario.