Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 10, 1935


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Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Little, Candace
, Recipient
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Text
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Correspondence
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on February 10, 1935. 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 possibility of publishing his manuscripts.
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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 Robayat Yar in 2017 for DH300 - Digital Humanities: Digital Editing and Publishing.
Date of Original:
Feb. 10, 1935
Image Dimensions:
Image Width: 21cm
Image Height: 28cm
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Local identifier:
RG-102.13_1.37.4
Collection:
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
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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.}

Feb’y 10, 1935.

Dear Mother:

As I am preaching to-night in St. Matthew’s for Pastor Schmieder who is laid up with the grippe or flu or something, I thought I had better write you this afternoon instead of putting it off to the wee sma’ hour of the night, as Bobby Burns might say. We are having the usual week-end weather, cloudy with occasional flurries of snow; but it is not cold. I went down to Church this morning and heard a sermon by Pastor Roberts on the Transfiguration; but I can’t say that I was overly edified by it. However, I stayed awake, at least, most of the time. The sermon was in German. We had some very cold weather early in the week last week. This was followed by [?] and a considerable fall of snow, which made the roads good for sleighing and the sidewalks good for shoveling. On Friday night I shoveled from 11:30 till 12 o’clock. You know I have quite a long strip to keep open; and it is all the more necessary to keep it open this winter on account of our lame-duck professor, Rev. Henkel, who hobbles his weary way over and back two or three times every day. He is not improving perceptibly, but

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apparently is getting no worse, and is determined to keep on with his work. Dr. Maurer continues to improve, but is not preaching as yet and I doubt whether he will preach again before his resignation takes effect at Easter. In the meantime ex-professor Rev. Hirtle is holding his services in the hope of becoming his successor, which still is somewhat doubtful.

I wrote you some time ago about some books that I expected to publish. Well, I am out of the publication business for good and all now. I received reply last week from my manuscript sent to the United Lutheran Pub. House, Phil’a to this effect: “Our editors have been very much impressed by the clarity and very fine shape in which the manuscript is offered but regret that they cannot recommend its publication by the Board. It does not appear to them to be a presentation of Confessions in popular language for the laity. We can understand how your theological training makes you talk like a theologian, and for that you are to be honoured.” In reference to the other manuscript, which I did not send, but of which I wrote them, they said they had already appointed “one of our other theologians, who is well known” to write a book on that subject, and so could not consider mine. Besides they said they were publishing a commentary on the N.T. and could not undertake any further publications at this time. I was not disappointed as I did not expect very favourable consideration from that source. They have their favourites and give preference to their own seminaries, particularly Phil’a and Gettysburg. I could

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get my manuscripts published by the Lutheran Literary Board, but only by paying the cost, which I am not in position to do. And as I have not received a cent from my Disputed Doctrines as yet, I am not inclined to give them any more work or money. Last summer I bought an encyclopedia set on the installment plan. I paid them $5, but couldn’t keep it up. After negotiations I finally succeeded in getting them to take the set back at a loss to me of $5 and another encyclopedia that I gave them in exchange. But I was quite willing to pay for the lesson and get out from under the burden. I received my cheque for January salary last week, and by dint of slicing the payments a bit, I managed to salvage $5, of which I have at present $4 on hand. Our Board at its last meeting took action continuing indefinitely the salary reduction. So we will have to scrimp along as best we can. Physically I am more than holding my own. The last time I weighed which was only a few days ago, I weighed 176 lbs., which is top weight for me. If I should increase at the usual rate during Lent, I’m afraid, I will give Herbert a good run for his money. Now I am at the bottom of the page and must stop. With love and all good wishes,

I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 10, 1935


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on February 10, 1935. 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 possibility of publishing his manuscripts.