C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 28, 1906
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 28, 1906. Little describes his life as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia. In this letter, Little discusses the purchase of a farm for the Bethany Orphans' Home.
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 2012.
Date of Original
March 28, 1906
Width: 12.5 cm
Height: 20 cm
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Nova Scotia, Canada
    Latitude: 44.55015 Longitude: -64.71547
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Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 28 March 1906, RG-102.13, File 1.8l8, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

New Germany, N.S.

March 28, 1906

My Dear Mamma:

Your kind and exceedingly interesting letter was received last evening on my return from North River and was greatly enjoyed. Many thanks for your good wishes, also for your ideal, although utterly impracticable marital counsels.I am writing you to-day – a day earlier than usual – because I may not be at home to-morrow. I am going to start for Woodstock in an hour or so to marry that couple whereof I wrote you last week. Thence I will go over to Farmington on church matters of the leest importance and will probably spend the night there. And from there I

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will probably go direct to North River where I have begun catechetical work. I went up there Monday and stayed up until yesterday evening. We had a very rainy day yesterday and I was out in a good deal of it and got pretty wet coming home last night, but beyond feeling tired I am none the worse for it. To-day the weather is still dull and disagreeable, and the roads are muddy and sloppy. But I must go all the same. I hear that there was another man around yesterday wanting to get married and looking for me. It seems that they don’t know that this is the closed season. This man was from my part of the Northfield parish. If he doesn’t find me, he will likely go to Bridgewater and get McCreery, as both he and his proposed woman are Lutheran.

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I heard yesterday that our committee appointed to look after purchase of farm for the Orphans’ House succeeded in getting it for us, and at the very reasonable price of $100. Eighty acres of good land, two miles from Bridgewater, for $100 isn’t bad. But the way we got it so cheap was this: There was a second judgement on the property for several hundred dollars held by the Hon. C. E. [K?]. This judgement he proposed to give us, if we bought the property. But if any one else bought it, it would still stand against the farm. This kept other bidders off, so that they did not bid on it very strong, and we got it at the above remarkably low figures. I am glad we have secured it, for it gives us a fine farm of 160 acres for the House, and there is considerable fire wood on this second portion of the original farm, the part that we had being

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pretty well stripped. Last Sunday we had a fine winter day. It was cold, but bright, and there was still lots of snow, though on account of the bare spots, it wasn’t made use of very much. But at North River there were a number of sleighs out. I had good congregations all around and was encouraged to preach with more than usual vigour. I crossed the New Germany Lake on the ice on horseback with perfect safety. It is not often we can cross it as late as this. But this March has been exceptional, and has been making up to some extent for our lack of winter. There is still considerable snow in the woods, and lumbermen have been making good use of it for the last couple weeks. It almost appears now though like we are going to have a break up. I hope to get my catechetical class through

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at North River by the Sunday after Easter. As they have practically all attended class several times before, I do not deem it necessary to spend so much time there this year. I don’t know yet whether I can count on any or not for confirmation. I hope, however, to have a few there. I was glad to hear that Pearl was making so eminent a success of her music department at Lavonia. She is certainly doing well and beats me all hollow on salary. It did me good also to hear of the compliments little “Bob” was receiving from competent artistic judges. But I must be getting ready to go on my trip and will have to ask to be excused for this time. With love to you all and best wishes. I am

Most sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 28, 1906

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 28, 1906. Little describes his life as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia. In this letter, Little discusses the purchase of a farm for the Bethany Orphans' Home.