C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 26, 1906
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on September 26, 1906. Little describes his life as pastor of New Germany parish in Nova Scotia. In this letter, Little discusses the weather, his sermons, and plans to attend the Canadian Dominion Exhibition in Halifax.
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
Sept. 26, 1906
Width: 12.5 cm
Height: 20 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
English; German
Geographic Coverage
  • Nova Scotia, Canada
    Latitude: 44.55015 Longitude: -64.71547
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, 26 September 1906, RG-102.13, File 1.8.3, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc2
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

New Germany, N.S.

Sept. 26, 1906

Dear Mamma:

Your most welcome and interesting letter was received the other evening and was highly appreciated. I also received a nice letter from Pearl at the same time written from Dunn, N.C. As she speaks in it of visiting a friend at Dunham, N.C. and in consequence I do not know where to address her I will postpone writing to her for the present. She seems to be having a good time down there barring the heat and the mosquitoes. If she were here she wouldn’t be bothered with either just now, but would rather be suffering more or less from the cold. We have had frost every night now for quite awhile. The last two nights the frost was very heavy, re-

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sembling a young snow and there was considerable ice. I have found it pretty cold sitting in the house without a fire, but by keeping the lamp burning most of the forenoon I have managed to stand it. I will try to stick it out till the first of October without fire, then the stoves must go up. But with exception of last Sunday which was rainy by showers we have had exceptionally fine, bright weather. Notwithstanding the rain I had my three services on that day though the attendance was small except here at New Germany in the evening where I had a fine turn out. After much tribulation I succeeded in working out in full notes of a pretty fair sermon on the Gospel for the day, whose keynote was, as you know “Don’t worry” (Matt. VI.24-34). And I preached it as well as usual, if not indeed a little better. But I find it about as hard to do anything this week. However,

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in the places where I am to preach on the coming Sunday I will not be stuck and can substitute if necessary. But I generally feel that I ought to preach on the Gospel of the day and that if I don’t do it I am merely shirking a hard task for something easy. I used rather to prefer short texts but now I prefer long ones and find them far more satisfactory if I can handle them properly - especially if the Gospel or the Epistle for the day is taken. Next Sunday I will preach in Ohio and twice in my new church at Pleasant River. If the day is fine I can expect good congregations in both places – in Ohio because I preach there so seldom and in Pleasant River, partly perhaps because of the new church and our attractive service which is new in that section and partly because they have such poor preachers out that way. My congregation there is small yet, but it is thoroughly alive and I hope to see it grow considerably by next spring. Quite a number of people went from here to Halifax

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yesterday to the Exhibition. Seventy tickets were sold at this station. Another cheap rate will go on next Thursday. If I can afford it I may take it in, as I have never been in Halifax and it is the Canadian Dominion Exhibition that is held there this year. Pearl seems to think a great deal of Mr. Hoad and says he is quite a religious worker and prizes Dr. Seiss’s Lectures on the Apocalypse. This, however, doesn’t signify a great amount of orthodoxy, as Dr. Seiss is decidedly millenarian and tries to explain things there which no man has ever yet been able to explain and will not be until those prophecies are fulfilled. However, there is, of course, a good deal of good sound doctrine in his books on that subject. But I could never get much out of Seiss except in the way of style. His language is always admirable. For the last few weeks I have been studying a good deal. I have read over all the Confessions except the Formula of Concord and

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have about half finished Conybeare & Howson’s Life of St. Paul and have been reading St. John in the original with aid of Godet’s Commentary. I read without commentary the Greek and German New Testament through every year. I am finishing it the sixth time now and will be through by Christmas. I didn’t find it convenient to begin catechising any where after finishing at Pleasant River and this has given me a better chance for study. And that is what I very much need. If one merely gets out sermons week after week, he is not laying up anything for the future and is in danger of running dry after a time. And it’s hard to do much else when one has so much driving to do. I got a plan this evening from my Landscape Gardiner for the decoration of our church lot here. It is beautiful but I’m afraid too elaborate to carry it out in full. However, it need not all be done at once and may be carried out in time. You didn’t know I could write German poetry, did you?

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Well here’s a sample:

[German prose]

If you can’t read this, maybe Prof. W.H. can. It is a L. M. Iambic stanza. If the first word of the last line is placed third the feet will be all correct and the rhythm perfect. But the sense of the thing is the main point. We are having plenty of apples and plums (Dawsons and the large white kind – what you know specifically as plums are not known here) now. The tomatoes were pretty well all killed by the frost, and very few ripe ones are to be had. Some however ripen quite nicely when put away in a dark place. Of late we have been having some roasting ears and have had one mess of cabbage. I was sorry to hear that Mabel had to give her position up. Hope she will soon come to rights again. With love to you all, I am

Most sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 26, 1906

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on September 26, 1906. Little describes his life as pastor of New Germany parish in Nova Scotia. In this letter, Little discusses the weather, his sermons, and plans to attend the Canadian Dominion Exhibition in Halifax.