Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 5, 1936
- Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Little, Candace, Recipient
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- Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on April 5, 1936. 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 swimming in Silver Lake, Easter services, a horoscope sent by his brother, and Carolus' new house.
- 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 Krista Haapanen in 2017 for DH300 - Digital Humanities: Digital Editing and Publishing.
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- April 5, 1936
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April 5, 1936,
Here I am again, like Finnegan, “Off again, on again, Gone again, Writing again,” and that without anything more to say than had the Irishman Finnegan. But force of habit is strong; and as long as I have the postage I will probably be writing to you about this time every Sunday. But I don’t know how it will be about the postage. I still have one stamp left after sending off this letter to you, but I may have to use it before another week rolls around; and then I will be in the middle of a bad fix, as I put my last coin in my collection envelope to-day. I should have put 25₵ in, but I had only a nickel left; so I put it in as “the married man’s mite,” or all that I had in the world. It’s a very trying situation for us professors to do our work promptly and then have to wait month after month to get our pay for it. But it is still better than to be idle and have no pay at all to expect. So we just have to “grin and bear it” and to think after all the “it will be the making of the pup” or professor, as the case may be.
Last Friday evening at 4 o’clock our Easter vacation in the Seminary began. This will continue until Tuesday after Easter, at which time lectures will be resumed and continue for a couple weeks, when they will be followed by the final examinations – a precursor of the end. So we are beginning to see the setting rays of the close of another scholastic year. It won’t be long now till all is over. I intend to use the Easter vacation holidays in finishing out my exegesis of Revelation, of which I still have two chapters to do, and in preparing my final examination papers, so that I will be all set when the period of examinations arrives. Early in the week I received a card from Herbert, containing what purported to be my “horrorscope”. It was for the most part good – rather flattering, I should say and wasn’t so horrible after all, except for the “cut up” and the “clown” insinuation, which was neither a “hit” nor a “fit”; but which Bonnie thought was “just it”. But you know the old saying of how a husband has no honour in his own house or family or from his own wife. So, you can tell Herbert that I think he would do well to keep his “horrorscopes” at home and not be spreading heretical views all over the country and even out of it. I was glad to hear that he and his are well, however, as in spite of “horrorscopes”, I wish him no evil. In my last letter, I think I spoke to you about going in swimming as soon as the swimming hole should open up. Well, it opened up in part on March 30th, and I was
right on deck and had my first swim of the season – after a long dreary wait from December on. About half the ice was out of the lake that morning. The next morning it was nearly all out, and I had another good swim. But April came in with an April fool in the return of winter weather. It became very cold and the lake froze over again, and snow has been falling off and on every day since. The lake is partly open again, and I could have gone in this morning, but didn’t like the walk down there through the snow. So to the great disappointment of the lake, I didn’t show up. But I expect to be down there a few times this week if nothing happens. I am enclosing a couple little pictures of Carolus’ new house. He was going to do some filling around it yesterday, but the ground was frozen too hard and too deep, and he had to await the pleasure of the frost to come out. This week is holy week and there will be a great multiplication of services in our Lutheran Churches. I am engaged to help out in St. John’s on Thursday and Sunday evenings and in St. Matthew’s, Kitchener, on Wednesday evening. My work will be for the most part in connection with the communion services. Wishing you, one and all, a happy Easter and rich blessing from the Lord, I am
Most Sincerely yours, [signed] Carroll