Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 20, 1921


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Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Little, Candace
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on February 20, 1921. Little describes family life with wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario. Little describes the anniversary of his father's death, the dedication of a new church in Brantford, and changes to the United Lutheran Church practices.
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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.
Date of Original:
Feb. 20, 1921
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Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
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Local identifier:
U242_1.23.7
Collection:
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item:
English
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Carroll Herman Little letter, 20 February 1921, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Wilfrid Laurier University
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{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College

Waterloo, Ontario}

Feb’y 20, 1921.

Dear Mother:-

Time like a relentless tide rolls ever on. I was reminded of this fact so obvious and yet so little considered last Thursday as I reflected that that date was the 30th anniversary of the death of your beloved husband and my sainted father. How many long years have passed and yet how rapidly have they flown! I find myself now a man past middle age – six years older than my father was at his departure from these earthly scenes. And in view of the fleetiness of the years and of the supreme inportance of the work to which he devoted the short years of his useful life before entering upon his gracious reward, I may say that I find no little satisfaction that I settled down at last to follow in his footsteps, which I can attribute to nothing else under the good providence of the Lord than the splendid early Christian training that I received at his hands and yours. For this the Lord be praised to all eternity! Bonnie and Carolus are at Church again to-night; the smaller children are in bed; Herman is here studying his Bible verses which he failed to recite this morning. We have had a beautiful day, bright and glorious, sufficiently cool to keep the ground frozen and the mud away. This morning I preached to a good congregation down in First English. I took three of the children with me, viz Herman, Marion and Arthur. They sat in one of the front seats together and were among my most attentive auditors. I felt a little nervous as I had not preached for some time and had a difficult text (Zech. 1:7-17) and had only yesterday in which to prepare my sermon, but I got through with it all right and quite a few people told me that

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they were very much impressed. Next Sunday evening I am to preach again, here in St. John’s, on the Seminary cause. I have much to do this week and will again have only Saturday for preparation, but hope that I will be able to bring the needs of the Seminary and the duties of the people in regard to it home to the hearts of the people. I will be glad then to be left alone awhile again as far as preaching is concerned. Not that I dislike to preach, but that it is rather trying to study and teach all week and then get up a sermon or sermons and preach on Sunday. Dr. Hoffmann, our President, will occupy the pulpit on Sunday morning and preach on the same subject in German. Between the two of us we ought to spur on the people to do something worth while for our Seminary. Pastor Knauff of Preston wanted me to preach in his Church on Sunday morning. I told him to go and see Prof. Willison and in case he refused I would not see him stuck. As he didn’t return I imagine Prof. Willison accepted the proposition. Profs. Zinck and Willison went with Dr. Maurer down to Brantford to-day to help dedicate the new Church down there. I made the address at the corner-stone laying last November I think it was. They had a magnificent day for it to-day and I have no doubt it was a day of gladness and rejoicing in our mission congregation down there. They have a very energetic pastor and fine young man in the Rev. Grotke who came to us last year from the Missouri Synod. On last Thursday evening we entertained Dr. Hoffmann and Prof. Henkel for tea. Bonnie served a sumptuous supper which was much enjoyed by her guests and we spent a very pleasant social evening. Mrs. Hoffmann accompanied her husband. Dr. Hoffmann is a fine type of man and our official as well as social relations have been very cordial. He is like myself a Lutheran of the stricter type – a type which I fear is somewhat

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diminhing in our United Lutheran Church. Our whole faculty under my inpulse signed a protest last week against the offensive advertisement of Individual Communion setts as published in the Easter Catalogue of the United Lutheran Publication House. This protest signed in duplicate I forwarded to the Publication House and to Dr. Knubel. Loose practices are especially in evidence in the Women’s Societies which are under the control of Mrs. Chas. L. Fry and her [?]. The women in St. John’s held this year a union service with the other Churches the first of the year and all last week held prayer meetings every day. I didn’t let Bonnie go i.e. to say I discouraged her and Dr. Hoffmann did the same with his Frau. I have no doubt that the Lutheran Brotherhood under Dr. Fry is manifesting similar syncretistic tendencies, and I am sure the bars have been woefully let down in the matter of pastors joining Secret Societies and Lodges. I don’t think the outlook for our United Lutheran Church is particularly bright and am afraid the old battles for conservatism in faith and practices will all have to be fought over again to the great detriment of our portion of the Church. Here in Canada we are not as yet so badly off as they are in the States. I understand that the old Pa. Ministerium is rapidly becoming less and less conservative, and positions of great influence have been assigned in the united Church to many radicals from the General Synod. But I trust that the Lord of the Church will so direct and control all things that the right shall prevail and His Kingdom be advanced and the confession of the truth kept pure. Well, I have about reached my limit and will close. With much 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, February 20, 1921


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on February 20, 1921. Little describes family life with wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario. Little describes the anniversary of his father's death, the dedication of a new church in Brantford, and changes to the United Lutheran Church practices.