C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 21, 1908
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 21, 1908. Little describes his life as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia. In this letter, Little discusses a local horse race, the weather, and spending time with Bonnie's family.
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
Feb. 21, 1908
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 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, 21 February 1908, RG-102.13, File 1.10.2, 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.,

Feb’y 21, 1908

My Dear Mother:

I suppose you received the photo which I sent you some time ago. I haven’t heard from you since, but presume it reached you all right. What do you think of it? My ‘woman’ thinks it is handsome, but she is partial you know, and love is proverbially blind. The work, I think, is very good, as indeed it ought to be at $51/2 per doz. I should have written you last night in order for you to get it at the usual time, but I neglected to do it and I didn’t get up early enough this morning to finish my matin labours and write your letter in time to get it into the mail. It will not leave now until tomorrow morning. I told you of what fine sleigh roads we had last week. But they are all over now. We had a great break-up last Saturday and a heavy rain Saturday night, which took all the snow away. I left home Saturday afternoon and while I could have taken my sleigh at that time yet I didn’t risk it. And it was well I didn’t as I couldn’t have gone a hundred yards in my sleigh by Sunday morning. Sunday was a fine bright day all day and I had good congregations, at least fairly good all round. But the roads were fearfully muddy. After doing some visiting around Newburn and on the way back I reached home in time for tea Monday evening. Saturday night last my sister-in-law Meda de Long came home from Boston where she has been studying music and teaching. She is about a year and a half younger than ‘Bonnie’, but is also more than that much larger. She is quite talented in music and is especially good on the violin. The two girls gave quite a musicale

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the other night (Wednesday) to a few select invited guests. There was considerable excitement here Wednesday over a horse race on the lake. The sports had been trying to pull it off ever since before Christmas, but the weather or the lack of ice interfered. Fifty dollars were up on each side and crowds poured in here from every direction on Wednesday. Owning to the gambling feature connected with it I never go to the horse races. Accordingly I went with my little woman to Springfield that day and had a very nice time. When we got back in the evening it was all over. There is nothing that will draw a bigger crowd together than a horse race. Some of them nearly go wild over it. Generally there is a good deal of whiskey afloat at such times and considerable hilarity, but I suppose it was fairly quiet Wednesday – at least only one man was seriously hurt and that was not through fighting but through collision of sleighs. We had a little snow again Wednesday night but Thursday morning it turned to rain and took it all away. Since then we have been having regular March weather, bright comparatively warm days and cold nights. I don’t imagine we will have very much more sleigh roads this winter. I have been busy with the paper lately, but think I have enough material sent in for this month’s issue. I expect it out some time soon – probably tomorrow or at least early next week. The Rev. W.E. Munroy, our worthy President of Synod, met with another painful accident last week. I knew nothing of it till I saw it in the Progress & Enterprise yesterday. His sleigh upset and horse ran away, pitching him out and seriously injuring his shoulder. This is the second time he has been used up this way. He has a fast horse but the nag is also pretty wild. He was thrown out of a wagon the other time and one arm and shoulder disabled so that he didn’t have full use of it last fall yet when I saw him last. I trust he was not so seriously hurt this time. Lent will soon be here again. I am going to take a vacation from smoking again during

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the fast. I guess by that time ‘Bonnie’ will be as hungry for the smell of a smoke as I will be for the taste of one. She is thoroughly fond of it and always was. Mr. de Long generally keeps a good lot of cigars about the house and I have been getting many a fine smoke free. My little brother-in-law (Lynton, the baby) gave me the name “Gargar” (Cigar) and always calls me that. He is very fond of me and won’t go to his father or mother or any of them if I am around and will take him. And they say that for about half and hour after I leave his tune is “Gargar gone” “Gargar gone”. But he is a cute little chap and the greatest mimic you ever saw. I am going to have practice in the Church this afternoon and want to begin work on out Easter Service, if I caught enough of the choir together. The weather considerations have been very much against us lately. I expect to begin my catechising here also tomorrow. I have had to postpone it several time, but if I am to get off this fall I ought to do quite a lot of work this spring. But I must bring my rambling brief to a close. With love to you all and all good wishes. I am

Most sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 21, 1908

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 21, 1908. Little describes his life as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia. In this letter, Little discusses a local horse race, the weather, and spending time with Bonnie's family.