C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 28, 1908

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 28, 1908. Little describes his life as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia.
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. 28, 1908
Width: 22 cm
Height: 28 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
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, 28 February 1908, RG-102.13, File 1.10.3, 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.,

Feb’y 28, 1908

Dear Mother:

Last night I intended to write you, but when I got home I found my fountain pen empty and as it is somewhat of a nuisance to fill at any time and especially at night, I decided to postpone writing until today. However, as I have a fairly early start this morning, I may be able to get this off on the train if I am not too long-winded with it. We are having some more watery weather and a general breaking up of what was left of the winter to break up. It rained a little Wednesday and was misty throughout and yesterday all day and a good part of the night last night there was a constant down pour, making quite high water this morning, and it is still cloudy. We had a little snow Saturday night and Monday and Tuesday some sleighs but waggons went best and were in the majority. I haven’t had my sleigh out for nearly three weeks and the prospects are poor for any more trips this winter. Last Sunday we had fine weather and I had good congregations out. The congregation here at New Germany was quite large. The Church was nearly full and the collection amounted to a little over $2.00. But it was a hard day for me and I was very tired by the time it was over and also all day Monday. Tuesday morning I took ‘Bonnie’ down to Bridgewater by train. Herbert met us at the station and drove us out to the Home where we stayed until Wednesday morning. As Herbert intended to go to Halifax Thursday to bring out one of the children home from the Hospital and thought he would take Bessie along, I brought Harold along back with me. He has been here ever since

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and is as contented as you please. But he's an awful nuisance if a man wants to work. He is one of the greatest little lads to talk that you ever saw and he never gives me a respite of more than 2 or 3 minutes till he sings out “Uncle Carty” so and so. I don’t know how I am going to get my work done for Sunday, but will do the best I can under the circumstances and let it go at that. I know you would enjoy seeing Harold. He is such a healthy, fine looking boy, and good natured and intelligent besides. Everybody likes him. I think he will be here until Monday when his father will be up after him. In leaving the Home the other morning I got Herbert’s overshoes instead of mine and didn’t know the difference until I got a card from him the other morning. He couldn’t get mine on, but I had no trouble with his. I hardly think Bessie went to Halifax Thursday on account of the rain. Perhaps Herbert didn’t go either. But I must close if I am to get this off this morning. With love I am

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 28, 1908

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 28, 1908. Little describes his life as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia.