Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 24, 1935
- Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Little, Candace, Recipient
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- Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on February 24, 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 upcoming choir festival led by Healey Willan, and plans for Carolus' marriage to Marguerite Clausen.
- 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 Haikal Shariff in 2017 for DH300 - Digital Humanities: Digital Editing and Publishing.
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- Feb. 24, 1935
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Feb’y 24, 1935.
The day for writing you has come again, and although I have very little to write about, I will go through the motion anyway and give you a little to think about. It is just as dull outside as it is within – dark, dismal cloudy, but not very cold. In fact the snow, of which we have great abundance and which necessitated my shoveling again yesterday, seems to be melting a little to-day. But we are promised colder weather again by to-night. I went to Church down at St. John’s this morning and heard how bad the nations of the world are and how they learned nothing from the great expense in life and wealth of the Great War, but are going in for war and more of it than ever before – all this set forth in great detail. I was rather relieved when I got back home again, where at least there is peace. There is going to be a sort of “Singfest” down at St. Matthew’s on Wednesday night of this week. It will be in charge of Dr. Willan of Toronto, who is head of the Metropolitan Singers of that city and the leading authority on Church music in the province, or
perhaps in all Canada for that matter. There will be between 25 and 30 massed choirs present on that occasion; and they say that a great [?] is in store for all who attend. Rev. Schneider sent me an invitation to appear with the other Lutheran pastors of the Twin City on the platform. So I hope to take it in. It will also be broadcast over the air. I heard a good joke, in which I was involved last week. Prof. Klinck of the College and his wife were dining out with neighbours, when one of them said to him: “Who is that bachelor professor who goes by nearly every day without hat or coat or gloves?” He laughed and said, That’s no bachelor; that man is Dr. Little and has ten children. “Oh” they said, “We thought he was a poor bachelor in his late forties, who had no wife to take care of him.” I take it that that was somewhat flattering to me, particularly the reference to “the late forties”; but it was sort of a slam on my good wife.
Preparations are going forward toward the approaching wedding. Yesterday Dr. Clausen went down with the couple and purchased for them a nice bedroom suite costing something over $100. I bought, on credit, Carolus a nice new overcoat, his old one being somewhat shabby. Bonnie bought them some bedding. Marion collected some money from Marguerite’s fellow workers in the Mutual and purchased them a nice present yesterday. She and Howard are giving them a present – an armchair or something. And so it goes on. They should be pretty well
set up when everything is in. They are paying $28 a month rent for their apartment, which will keep them running pretty close unless Carolus should get a raise shortly. But then nearly everybody else is in the same box; and since “misery loves company”, this should be nothing to worry about. I am sure Bonnie started out with much less than they are starting out on; and we are still here and going strong.
We has a missionary – a Miss Jenzen – from Liberia deliver a lecture in the chapel on Friday afternoon. She gave a very interesting account of her experience in mission work in that benighted portion of the world.
I had a letter from Bikle the other day. He and his were taken quite by surprise over the news I had given them about the approaching wedding, and [?] to send their best wishes to the couple.
But here I’m getting back to the same old subject with which I began and had better stop before I repeat myself. Wishing you, one and all, every blessing, I am
Most Sincerely yours,