C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 2, 1908
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 2, 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 Skeltonin 2012.
Date of Original
April 2, 1908
Width: 21.5 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, 2 April 1908, RG-102.13, File 1.10.5, 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.,

April 2, 1908

Dear Mother:

Your most welcome and highly appreciated letter was received several days ago and found quite interesting. My time is never so completely taken up but that I have ample leisure to read all the letters that you see fit to send. There was, however, one word in your last letter which for the life of me (without meaning to criticise your writing, which is usually quite plain) I couldn’t make out. It was in connexion with the 12 hundred rooted things that you sold at one dollar per hundred. What those things were I do not know, nor have I the least idea. I thought when Herbert came up I would get him to try his hand at ciphering it out for me. He is coming up Saturday morning and will bring his family ‘with’, as the Lunenburg Dutchmen would say. He wrote me that they would probably stay till Tuesday, though, of course Sunday and Sunday night Herbert and I will be away in the Newburn-Woodstock section. I am going to see Bonnie and make arrangements to sleep them at my father-in-law’s. I am sure they would be glad to have them part of the time anyway and they can keep them overnight better than we can. I read Bonnie your letter in reference to what you said about my not postponing my marriage on the ground of missing a world of happiness and she said “I say so too”. So I guess that settles it, and for better or for

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worse it will take place on the 9th of September, 1908. I was sorry to hear that the peach crop was well nigh put out of commission by the snow and cold, but hope the damage will not be as bad as was first supposed. We have been having rather cold weather lately. It has frozen every morning this week and we have had several little snows. In fact it is snowing now and has been doing so nearly all day, but it is not the kind of snow that accumulates very fast. The ground furnishes a good bottom though for it now, as it has not thawed all day to-day. Everything looks very winterish yet. Not a single green leaf or blade has appeared. The ice, however, has about all gone out of the lake, which is a good sign that spring and summer are close at hand. Last Sunday I filled my regular appointments in Ohio and Pleasant River. The first part of the day was bright and pleasant, though somewhat cold. In the afternoon before service was out it began to rain and as it was cold and the roads desperately muddy and the night dank, I announced that there would be no service in the evening. It rained on till bed time and before morning turned to snow. I got home Monday about noon and made some short trips in the afternoon in the interest of my Easter practice and Sunday school. Monday night I was up to see Bonnie till about half-past ten. I then came home and went to bed from which I was aroused about half-past twelve to go see a sick woman in Hemford. It was eight miles over there and I arrived at about two o’clock. I stayed for quite a while and administered the communion and returned home in time for breakfast. I was good and tired, I can tell you, and

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not worth a cent the next day. But I went to bed early the next night and have felt all right since. The woman had heart disease and had been quite low but was better when I arrived and I think she will come out from this attack. I haven’t heard anything from her since. She is a middle aged woman whom I confirmed a few years ago and has been a very faithful member ever since. The chief thing that troubled her was what would become of her children in case she should not recover. I have my literature on hand and everything ready for the starting of a Sunday school Sunday and if we have favourable weather I think we will have a good turn out of children, as all that are in the Easter practice seem interested and anxious to come. I had practice yesterday but owing to the weather and roads there was not a full turn-out. I am having it twice a week now instead of once. I had one addition to my catechetical class last Saturday and the prospect of another one for the next time. I think it probable now that I will have eight or ten to confirm in the Church here in June. I was interested in what you said about little Rein and read that portion to Bonnie also for instruction, admonition and warning in case it should be necessary. But judging from her treatment of Lynton I don’t think she would be liable to be too stringently strict. What Church in Washington does Bikle attend? I mean to what Synod does it belong? I was glad to hear that grandma Little had recovered her hearing to some extent at least and that Grandma Herman was still capable of driving old ‘Merit’, though I think it hardly advisable for her to do so alone. Bonnie thanks you for the message to her and returns her love to you. I must close. With love and all good wishes, I am

Most sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 2, 1908

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 2, 1908. Little describes his life as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia.