C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 23, 1908
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 23, 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 2012.
Date of Original
April 23, 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, 23 April 1908, RG-102.13, File 1.10.7, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc2
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

New Germany, N.S.,

April 23, 1908

Dear Mother:

I trust that you have all had a joyous Easter and have been spiritually uplifted by its exalted and triumphant message. With us it was a stormy day. It rained very heavy all morning and until after one o’clock in the afternoon. I had gone up in the North River section on Saturday evening, but did not attempt to hold service on account of the weather. In the afternoon I went over to Stanburn and though the rain had pretty well ceased, they were not expecting me and didn’t have the hall unlocked. Later on in the day I started for Newburn, but when I got about half way I was informed that the Church was closed on account of the small pox scare, and so I turned around and came home, having made a water-haul of the entire day. It was the first Easter on which I didn’t preach at all in seven years. I was sorry of it too, as I always like to preach on the chief festivals like Easter, Pentecost and Christmas. But Bonnie was very glad I came back Sunday evening as she was worrying herself for fear I might get the small pox. However, the cases are so mild that I have my doubts as to whether it really is the small pox or not and have suspicions that the doctors are trying to work up a scare in order to work up a big vaccination business at a dollar a vax. I saw a man from over in Newburn the other day and he pronounced it “nothing but the lumberman’s itch”, whatever that is. I’m only afraid that the news will get abroad and a vaccination

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will be required on the steamship lines, in which event Bonnie and I might turn back and not get home this fall. She hasn’t been vaccinated either and needs it about as much as I do. And it is really worse than the tame kind of small pox they have been having in Foster’s Settlement and Newburn.

On Good Friday evening we had a nice service in the Church here at New Germany and a very good attendance notwithstanding the English people (Episcopalians) had service in their Church at the same time. Monday evening I held my Easter Service in the Church. It came off fine. The music was good and well rendered and the children did excellently in their recitations and exercises. The service lasted for about two hours and the people seemed to enjoy it very much. The Church was full, all the sitting room being taken. The offerings amounted to $11.90. I think the service was even an improvement over the one we had at Christmas.

Things are in somewhat of a whirl ecclesiastically up here now. Herbert is to leave around the first of June, and McCreery will also leave Bridgewater in August. Weaver’s tenure in Bridgewater is precarious. Hartwig seems to be playing out in Midville and I don’t think Murray will stay more than a year or so longer in the Bay. It puts affairs in a rather unsettled condition. The Rev. McCreery and wife were up to see Tuesday and stayed till Wednesday afternoon. They are going to Ontario, to the North Williamsburg parish until served by the Rev. Maurer. McCreery was up to see me about considering a call to Bridgewater to become his successor. I didn’t give him any definite answer on the subject, as I wanted to have time to consider it. He is very anxious that I should take it, and it is undoubtedly the most important and promising parish in the Synod. An assistant

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pastor has been called for the parish and will take charge in June, and if I should consent to take the work, a division of the parish would be made at the next convention of Synod. St. Luke’s at Summerside and St. Paul’s at Bridgewater would then form one parish and the remaining congregations the other. This would make comparatively little driving for the Bridgewater and easy work. The salary would be $700 and parsonage. If I should consult my own interests in the matter, I would not hesitate, but there are other things to consider. If I should leave here now, there is no probability that a pastor could be secured for New Germany until the summer of 1909 and maybe not then. It is a hard parish with long drives and it would be very difficult to get a pastor to come here especially on the salary offered. And a prolonged vacancy would be deplorable and I would hate very much to see the work which I have got in good shape go backward. Besides my new Churches are somewhat heavily burdened with indebtedness and I would hate to desert those who have made sacrifice and self-denial so faithfully in their erection at this stage. So I hardly know what to do, but the most weighty considerations seem to be against my leaving.

Today has been the first real spring like day we have had this year. It was very cold Monday and Tuesday. Icicles hung around all day Tuesday and we had almost a blizzard of a snow storm. The ground was covered with snow until yesterday afternoon. No leaves or flower of any kind have put out yet except now and then a May-flower in some protected spot. In fact April has been a good deal colder and rougher than March was and gave us also more snow-storms, I think Bonnie and I will go down to see Herbert next week, probably Tuesday.

With love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 23, 1908

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 23, 1908. Little describes his life as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia.