C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 14, 1908

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on May 14, 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 May 2012.
Date of Original
May 14, 1908
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 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, 14 May 1908, RG-102.13, File 1.10.10, 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.,

May 14, 1908

Dear Mother:

I will be able to write you only a short letter tonight as it is already quite late and I am rather tired. I have been catechising every night now for some time over at Hemford and put in a rather strenuous day today and especially this afternoon and tonight. I went fishing after dinner, walked in all four or five miles and didn’t have much luck there, catching only one trout. After tea in Ohio I went to Hemford and held my catechetical class for an hour. Then on my way home I called to see a sick woman and gave her communions and came home and went up to see Bonnie. They had company and kept up singing and playing until after 11 o’clock. So you see my time for letter writing is somewhat limited, if I am to get any rest or sleep tonight. Mr. de Long and the boys went off on a two days fishing trip this morning and I suppose they are having a great time. They wanted me to go with them, but I didn’t know they were going until last night and had already given out my appointment for class at Hemford and couldn’t recall it. I saw plenty of trout on my little trip in Ohio today. They jumped up in great shape, but wouldn’t take bait. If I had had a fly and reel I have no doubt I could have had all I wanted. I was only out two hours. Last Sunday, I preached over Pleasant River way. We had a fine day and large congregations were out. I am going to try and see if I can’t get some over there ready for confirmation by the second

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Sunday in June. Some have already attended catechetical instruction and there are a few others whom I may be able to prepare with only a little instruction. My class here at New Germany is the most satisfactory. It is not very large, but they attend regularly and I know what I am doing. I don’t know what will be the result at Hemford yet. It may be some thing and it may be nothing. It always is uncertain there. I wish I could get all around my congregations this summer. I would feel more like taking a vacation then, but I fear it will be impossible. There is still some small pox at Newburn and the Church is yet closed. This disarranges matters badly in that part of the parish. I received a card from Herbert this morning. They are packing up preparatory to leaving. I will have to go down to Bridgewater on Orphan’s Home and Synodical business nest Thursday and Herbert wrote me to bring Bonnie along again, but I hardly think she will be able to go. She has too much fancy work at hand to get off so often. She is doing a good deal of needle work. I have been quite busy with my paper work lately – busier than I needed to be. At any rate Mr. Weaver wrote me a card today stating that I had sent him enough material for two issues. I want to get a month or two ahead though, if possible in order that I may not have to be bothered with it when I take my trip. We are having nice weather now. It is just cool enough to be nice and comfortable. A few alder bushes have put out leaves already and planting is going on everywhere. Grain is looking fine. But I must close. With love and all good wishes, I will say good night.

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H.


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C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 14, 1908

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on May 14, 1908. Little describes his life as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia.