C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 5, 1893
Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on May 5, 1893. Little describes his life as a student at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.
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
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Virginia, United States
    Latitude: 38.64429 Longitude: -78.54779
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, 5 May 1893, RG-102.13, File 1.2.2, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc1
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Roanoke College, Salem, Va.}

May 5, 1893

My Dear mama,

I stood my last examination today to Dr. Fox and am glad to say that I passed as good an examination as I’ve passed this year. To use college vernacular, what I did for that examination was a plenty or an elegant sufficiency. I was more afraid of this examination than any I’ve had this year, and consequently I feel unusually good since I’ve gotten over it so well. I am now an alumnus of Roanoke College. The Board of Trustees meet and pass on us tomorrow. I think probably all our class

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will get through; in that event we’ll have 17 which is a right respectable class. I tell you I feel immensely relieved now that I have gotten through not only without “busting” but with a right decent and respectable grade. I don’t know yet who made the best grade in the class and don’t know whether I will know or not, but I don’t think I’m far from it anyway. If I don’t make first I’ll come in a good second if I’m not mistaken. The [speaker?] will be assigned tomorrow; I may write you then and let you know what I’ll get. I got the Newton paper and also a letter today and see that Hickory went dry by two votes – it was certainly very close and I guess a right exciting time. I didn’t

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know that Ed Cline was running for Mayor; tell Blanche to tell him I’m sorry he didn’t get elected. I invested $6.75 in Chambers Encyclopedia the other day. It is a fine work and there are 12 volumes of it, each of which contains over 1000 pages. I thought it was too good a chance to let slip for getting a good Encyclopedia cheap. What you can’t find in an Encyclopedia is hardly worth knowing as they profess to comprehend universal knowledge. Dr. Fox recommended the books in the classroom the other day. Prof. Smith has given us notice that he can’t keep us much

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longer than Monday as he is going to move into another house and board, so I guess I’ll have to hunt me up another boarding house again. Prof. Smith seems to be a man of many notions. I have paid him all the board I owe him except $10.89. I wish you would let me know how much you have paid me for board to see if the acct. tallies. I think, however, it is all right. On tuition I owe $53.75. I don’t think I’ll be very far in debt when I get through here. If I hadn’t bought such costly clothes, I wouldn’t have been hardly any in debt. But Prof. Smith says he will give me a year to pay up the tuition in without interest. I still have $60 in the bank. I am going down to Roanoke early next week to see about my suit & pay for it when it’s done. When I

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do go down I’ll go see Mrs. [?] and find out whether she’ll be here when you come up. Will you buy a return ticket when you come or not? If you don’t let’s go back through Tenn. It’s a little further but think I would like that route. I’m getting tired of going the other way; but it don’t make much difference. Well, write to me soon; I’ve no more news at present.

Love to you all,

Most affectionately your son,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

P.S. Dr. [?] hasn’t arrived yet from up North. It’s a wonder; he don’t think boys can grad

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uate unless he’s here. He didn’t know we were going to get out so soon or he would have been here before now.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 5, 1893

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on May 5, 1893. Little describes his life as a student at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.