Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 14, 1933
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Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Little, Candace
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on May 14, 1933. 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 thanks his mother for the gift of $100 towards the publication of his book. He also discusses the weather, his hopes the President Roosevelt will end the great depression, and Eileen's health.
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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 Dylan Nadeau in 2017 for DH300 - Digital Humanities: Digital Editing and Publishing.
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May 14, 1933
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RG-102.13_1.35.8
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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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{EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN SYNOD OF CANADA

REV. J. REBLE, D. D. PRESIDENT

104 HUGHSON ST. N., HAMILTON, ONT.

REV. N. WILLISON, B.A., B.D., LITT D. VICE-PRESIDENT

18 VICTORIA AVE. S., HAMILTON, ONT.

REV. H. R. MOSIG, GERMAN SECRETARY

NEW HAMBURG, ONT.

REV. C. H. LITTLE, B.A., D.D., S.T.D., ENGLISH SEC'Y

177 ALBERT STREET, WATERLOO, ONT.

REV. E. HOLM, TREASURER

CONOSTOGO, ONT. }

May 14, 1933

Dear Mother:

Thanks for your kind letter received the other day. Talking about surprises that you were giving the folks, I think that one was the biggest surprise of all, as I never dreamt of such a thing as receiving $100 toward my book. It will materially help me in the publication and shorten the time of its appearing by fully a month. I can never thank you sufficiently for your kindness in making me this gift at so great of sacrifice to yourself. I really feel that I ought not to accept it; but as I am anxious to get the book out, I will do it on the condition that if I make enough out of it I will repay you the $100, and you can still get your refrigerator. If the full edition of 1500 copies is sold I should get six or seven hundred dollars out of it, and perhaps a bit more. If I had known you were going to do this I might have dedicated the book to you, but I had already dedicated it to Bonnie. I think you will like the book, whether you will agree with all its positions or not. And, in spite of your views, I think you will especially appreciate the article on Mother’s Day.

(page 2)

As for myself, I think I appreciate most the chapter on the Assurance of Salvation. I have corrected the whole manuscript and am forwarding it back this week to the publishers with instructions to go ahead with it. They should have it out by the middle of July. I will see that you get one of the first complimentary copies. It may interest you to know that I received $112 on your cheque. Of course, when I send the money to the publishers there will be a corresponding discount. But I think the exchange rate will grow better rather than worse and that by the time I send the money your cheque will be worth more than the $100. Thanks to you I will now need to sell only around 150 copies in advance of publication, which should be easily done. I expect to sell about 50 or so at synod. As soon as I hear from the publishers I will proceed to get my circulars out and to make a campaign for subscribers. My picture ought pretty nearly to be worth the price of the book, $1.00 in advance post paid, as over against the publication price of $1.25 and postage.

Our spring was about a week late this year. It began to get warm last week, though we still had to keep fire most of the time. I finished my gardening yesterday, with the exception of planting tomatoes. Leaves on the trees, which had hardly begun last week, are putting out rapidly to-day; and it looks as though spring was here to stay. I preached down at Bridgeport this morning, riding down and

(page 3)

walking back. As they paid me in silver, quarters, dimes and nickels, I was somewhat tired from carrying the extra weight by the time I reached home I received my cheque for last month only yesterday, and after paying my bills and Eileen’s hospital expense, had only a few dollars left. So my silver collection of five dollars will help out. Prospects in a financial way are anything but bright in our institution. The Board at its meeting last week decided that a further radical reduction in salaries was necessary in order to keep the institution going. They decided that on Jan. 1 1934, all salaries should be reduced 20%. This will bring mine down to $1600 a year, which is mighty little for 12 people. The only way in which we can possibly get along on it would be, if the children from Robert up all secured jobs and we raised their board from $2.50 to $5.00 a week. Happily this action does not go into effect until the beginning of next year, which gives us a respite and time for planning. It may be too that through the energetic work of your President a recovery from the slump of depression before that time, and the drastic action will no longer be necessary. Bonnie has finished housecleaning. She worked so hard at it that she feels pretty well played out. She is upstairs taking a much needed rest this afternoon. Eileen has company, some of her girl friends in to see her today.

(page 4)

She is getting along all right and has no pain, but is troubled with bedsores under the cast on her back. She is taking regular treatment for bone-nourishment, which the doctor thinks in time will have the proper effect. But it requires long patience. We will wind up our examinations in the seminary this week and graduation services will follow early the following week. Next will come synod and then vocation. But I must bring my letter to a close. Again thanking you for your great surprise and wishing you the best of blessings,

I am

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 14, 1933


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on May 14, 1933. 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 thanks his mother for the gift of $100 towards the publication of his book. He also discusses the weather, his hopes the President Roosevelt will end the great depression, and Eileen's health.