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
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.
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
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
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