C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 30, 1933
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on July 30, 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 discusses his garden; the weather; the Canadian dollar; cousin Evangeline's visit; and the children's summer activities.
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.

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 Shannon Johnston in 2017 for DH300 - Digital Humanities: Digital Editing and Publishing.
Date of Original
July 30, 1933
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Image Width: 21cm
Image Height: 28cm
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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, 30 July 1933, RG-102.13, File 1.35.16, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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July 30th, 1933

Dear Mother:

Your very interesting and highly appreciated letter was received a few days ago, and was much enjoyed. I have just got back from Hespeler where I preached this morning, and have had my dinner and a glass of wine, and am now ready to give you a few lines again. There isn’t much to write about except the hot, dry weather, which has become an old story. It is hard on the gardens and particularly the corn. I think the ears will be small this year and not so many of them. But we will probably have enough as I planted a big patch. We have had beans in great quantities nearly every day, though they also are now beginning to fall off in quantity. The farmers are in the midst of harvest. Grain appears to be quite good this year, though some of it is short in the straw. I didn’t do much this last week, except to work out a little exequies of the N. T. for next years course, and get up my sermon for to-day. I had a very-good congregation out at Hespeler this morning. I button holed one man and got a new subscriber

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for my book. I haven’t heard anything from the publishers since I wrote you last week but should have a letter by to-morrow. It was too bad in a way that I was not called upon to send my money over earlier as the Canadian dollar seems to be losing in value as compared with the American dollar. The discount on it was 7 ½¢ yesterday, just about half what it was when you sent me the the hundred dollars. At one time not so long ago the discount was less than 4¢. I hope it will not go any lower anyway till I get my money across. We haven’t received our salary for June yet and now August is almost here. I don’t know whether the merchants will want to carry us much longer; and one rather hates to order things anymore. Dr. Schorten’s daughter and son-in-law from New York are still here, but are leaving to-morrow afternoon. Prof. Sandrock’s children, children-in-law, and grandchildren are still here to the number of 12, but will also be leaving Monday. Dr. Clausen and wife are spending the week end at Sauble Beach on Lake Huron with friends from Waterloo who have a cottage there. I take a swim on the lake everyday, which is the extent of my vacation. I wish Bonnie could get away somewhere for a rest, as she is pretty well worn-out and needs rest badly. She weighed the other day and weighed 128 ¼. She thought she was slipping back as she had lost a half pound since she last weighed. I told her that that was

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not surprising in the summer time and in the heat; that I had lost three or four lbs. in the same period and didn’t think anything of it. Tell Evangeline that Frederick still remembers her and always speaks of her as his ‘big cousin’. He said to me the other day, “I think my big cousin will come back again next summer, don’t you?” I almost hesitate to tell what follows for fear it will make Evangeline excessively proud, but he said one day “I think I like my big cousin better than I do Father.” But, if you do tell her this, you might add that in expressing such sentiment he was only teasing me. He is a great tease anyway and besides, wherever he gets it from, has a special fancy for females. We were rather surprised to hear that Jennie Lee had got back home so soon from the “Century of Progress” exhibition. We are like the Scotchman, who when his son broached the subject of going, said, “no, son, we postpone it until the next one.” Carolus and Marguerite and another couple went out to Devil’s hill to camp under the shade of the trees for the rest of the day. Marguerite had on shorts and was a sight for sore eyes. Howey was here this afternoon. I think they are now down in the park. He waits out on her religiously. That exchange of homes was quite a scheme on the part of the Hendersons; and might work well in other cases. Some

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women writers in the Homemakers Department of the Globe offered to exchange houses for a short period with city dwellers; but when they told of all the work the city folks would have to do, the latter backed out unceremoniously and did not bite. Dr. and Mrs. Maurer left last week for their vacation in Morrisburg. They will be away throughout the month of August. But I think I will have to close here as it is just about time for me to go down for a swim and get cooled off a bit. All join me in sending love and all good wishes.

As ever,

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 30, 1933

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on July 30, 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 discusses his garden; the weather; the Canadian dollar; cousin Evangeline's visit; and the children's summer activities.