C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 29, 1893
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 29, 1893. Little describes his life as a student at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. Includes information about a Phi Gamma Delta banquet.
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.

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 Josephine, and John Frederick.

Carroll Herman Little died in Waterloo, Ontario on March 31, 1958.

-- Letter transcribed by Michael Skelton in April 2012.
Date of Original
April 29, 1893
Width: 14 cm
Height: 22.5 cm
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Virginia, United States
    Latitude: 38.64429 Longitude: -78.54779
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 29 April 1893, RG-102.13, File 1.2.1, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Roanok College

Salem, Virginia}

April 29, 1893

My Dear mamma,

Your most highly appreciated letter received the early part of this week. I wanted to answer it before now but didn’t have the time. Last Saturday evening I went down to Roanoke and spent the night at Mr. G [? ]. I had a very pleasant visit down there, met Miss Mary Funkhouser, a sister of Mrs. Ferguson nee Funkhouser, a very pretty and pleasant young lady. I also saw Mrs. Pall and Mrs. Gallingher and Mrs. Ferguson. Mrs. Grider said she hoped she would be at home when you come up into Virginia, but she didn’t know as Mr. G [?]’s sister died a short

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time ago and the old folks are so cut down about it that Mr. G [?] wants to take his family up and spend the summer with them. She said she didn’t know whether they would leave before the 18th of June or not. She said she would let me know. She seemed to be very anxious to see you. Saturday night I took in a little opera down at Roanoke. It was right good. I don’t believe I’ve had any examinations since I wrote you last tho’ I have one for Monday and another booked for Friday and [?] [?] for another one or so this next week. But the fun of it is that this next week is the last. I am beginning to feel good over it already. I think I’ll be able to make a first distinction without any trouble. As to whether I will make the first grade in the class I don’t know. I don’t reckon I’ll be left very far behind however.

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The commencement exercises have already been published in part in the Luth. Minister, I understand. Haven’t seen it, however. Dr. Archer hasn’t returned yet from the north. Dr. G. W. Holland Pres. Of Newberry College is to preach the baccalaureate sermon. Cleveland’s preacher and a crowd of [?] men are to be present I’m told. I received an invitation to attend [?] college commencement the other day. I see Cyp Efind is to deliver the address before the Societies, I don’t know yet who we’ll get. Dr. Archer will bring in some one tho', I guess. I think we’ll have a right successful commencement this year, hope so at least; but don’t

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believe it will come up to last year’s. That class was an unusually bright one, last year. The new Luth. Preacher that they’ve got down at Roanoke is driving most of the wealthy people out of his church. I believe I told you sometime ago about the Terrys all leaving the church and joined the Episcopals. Terry is the richest man in Roanoke. They say that most of the Trouts are going too. They are also quite wealthy. They say the preacher is quite personal in his sermon. [?] [?] either and preaches against theatre going, dancing etc and he won’t wear a robe, which they’ve been used to down there. You see its Trouts and Terrys are the principal stock holders in the new theatre down there, and they, of course, don’t fancy a preacher’s running down their business. They had a town election here the other day on the prohibition ques-

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tion and the town went dry by 17 votes. The barrooms will have to close up after today. There was considerable interest in the election and it was hotly contested. Last night I attended the Phi Gamma Delta banquet at Hotel Salem as an invited guest. It was quite a swell affair as I expected it would be. I took a young lady out. The Gammas did everything up [?] and sent carriages around for us. There was quite a large crowd present and nearly all the pretty girls in town. It was a banquet gotten up for Sec. 3 of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. This comprises all the Gamma chapters in Va. & N.C. and boys were here from nearly

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every college in Va. and also two from N.C., one of whom Mr. Sawyer I met as I went home Xmas. It was a full dress affair. You ought to have seen me in full dress, wearing diamond studs. I cut quite a figure you can imagine. I sent you enclosed the bill of fare. You will see that I responded to the toast Phi Delta Theta. I acquitted myself much better than I expected. Some of the ladies and others told me that I made the speech of the evening which while no doubt partly flattery wasn’t displeasing to my ears, I tell you I got the cheers tho – all I could wish for. They didn’t even wait for me to get done before cheering. I think that enthused me more. It was a most enjoyable evening – about the pleasantest I’ve spent here. I enjoyed it ever so much. The banquet broke

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up between 2 & 3 o’clock in the morning. There was dancing & promenading in which latter I engaged somewhat. I don’t believe I ever saw so many real pretty girls together; there are lots of them here in Salem, if a fellow only knew it. I notice in the paper that the P.O. at Hickory will be in its present hours till May 1894 if the present P.M. is allowed to remain his 4 years only, which is very likely unless it can be shown that he has been mixing in politics pretty freely which so far as I know he hasn’t. I don’t reckon you are doing everything in that relation now, Have gone [?] bank building [?] at all now? I believe I

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saw in the paper a good while ago that [?] had moved out and also the Bank. I reckon the prospects are not bright for his [?] of it. I guess you did have a right nice time in Dallas among your old friends there. I am sorry but don’t think I’ll have time to write to Aunt [Claudia?] before exam. I will send her an invitation tho'. Hope you remembered me to your friends in Dallas. I would like to see Charley [?] & wife; guess they are a loving couple. I will sign the receipt you enclosed and return it as soon as you send me the money. I am needing some and would like to have a little a least right away if convenient for you to send it. I would suggest that you have [?] [?] to have his life insured for your benefit – if you loan him money without security. I know if he lives he will make a success of his trade and

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[Written across top of page : Please preserve the Enclosed Banquet bill of fare]

would soon be able to pay all the money back which you might loan him, but this would provide against any accident of fortune which might occur to remove him hence. We are having some warm weather now but it is quite windy. I think summer has set in real earnest now. Tell Blanche I’m still waiting to hear from her. Well I must close. Hope you’ll be able to read this letter. I have a very poor pen and can't write much anyhow, I am feeling might sleepy today, didn’t sleep but about 4 hrs. last night.

Love to you all, affectionately

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 29, 1893

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 29, 1893. Little describes his life as a student at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. Includes information about a Phi Gamma Delta banquet.