Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 1, 1932
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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 May 1, 1932. 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. In this letter, Little discusses the weather, spring cleaning, Marion's new coat, and a conversation between Frederick and Bonnie.
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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 Matthew Dayman in 2017 for DH300 - Digital Humanities: Digital Editing and Publishing.
Date of Original
May 1, 1932
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Image Width: 21cm
Image Height: 28cm
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RG-102.13_1.34.10
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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English
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada

Rev. J. Reble. President 104 Hughson St. Hamilton. Ont.

Rev. J. Maurer, D.D., Vice-President 49 Irvin St., Kitchener, Ont.

Rev. H. Shorten D.D., German Secretary 170 Albert Street, Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. C.H. Little, D.D., S.T.D., English Secretary 177 Albert Street, Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. E. Holm, Treasurer Conestogo, Ont.}

May 1, 1932.

Dear Mother:

As another week has gone by since I last wrote you, I will try to give you a few lines again to-day. I walked down to Bridgeport and back this morning, where I preached as usual. Arthur accompanied me which made the walk more interesting. The weather was just about right, neither too warm nor too cold for comfortable walking; but it was not so bracing and consequently more tiresome than in the winter. Up to yesterday when it began to get warm again, we had quite cool weather, and I have had the furnace going constantly. I am doubtful if I can yet let it go out for good and all. But summer is surely coming; for the women are beginning to wear their furs – an infallible sign – and to-day I noticed some of the trees and shrubs beginning to put out their buds. So I think warm weather, like prosperity, is just around the corner. We finished our lectures in both seminary and college last week. This coming week, the students

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will have for preparing for examinations and the professors, for preparing the examination papers. I guess the professors will have the easier side of it. The examinations will take up the greater part of the next two weeks, and after that the commencements and the end of another scholastic year. In addition to my regular work, I have been quite busy lately with the preparation of the Synodial Bulletin and in preparing reports for the coming convention of synod. I am glad the synod is meeting in St. John’s, as it will be handy and will not necessitate my going away from home. Last week I finished reading my N.T. through in Latin. I am now reading it through for the first time in French. In another week or so I will have read it though the 40th time in Greek. I have also read it though a time or two in German and 208 times in English, i.e. since I began keeping an account. The boys and I are still keeping up the horseshoe game with varying success; sometimes I best; sometimes they best: but in any case it is a great game. The picture of Fredrick of which Eileen speaks in her letter was an enlargement of the last one I sent you. Mrs. Clausen, whom Fredrick calls “Aunt Rose” had Carolus to make one for her. She thinks a lot of Fredrick, as everybody else does that

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knows him. He is so bright and so original that he is always interesting. He was telling me this morning, “Father, I love you, and I love ‘mommy’, and I love my ownself and it is mutual”. He takes notice of everything, even of the new clothes that the others get and passes his opinion on them. He said to his mother the other morning “Mommy, how do you feel this morning?” And when she said, “Very well, thank you”, he said, “Do you really?” And when she said “Yes”, he said, “That is a good idea”. Bonnie has been house cleaning the past week and has cleaned all the up-stairs and the parlour down-stairs. She never accomplished so much before in the same length of time; but she is feeling pretty tired to day and is resting up stairs this afternoon. She was down yesterday to Kitchener with Marion to help her select a spring coat. Marion got one that is quite stunning and is likely, seeing it is green, to turn her girl friends green with envy. But I must close. With love and all good wishes, I am most Sincerely yours,

[signed]

Caroll

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 1, 1932


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on May 1, 1932. 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. In this letter, Little discusses the weather, spring cleaning, Marion's new coat, and a conversation between Frederick and Bonnie.