C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 4, 1908
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on June 4, 1908. Little describes his life as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia and his upcoming marriage to Edith "Bonnie" DeLong.
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
June 4, 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, 4 June 1908, RG-102.13, File 1.10.13, 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.,

June 4, 1908

Dear Mother:

Your very welcome and interesting letter was received a few days ago and read with pleasure. I will try to take a few minutes off my bedtime tonight to give you a short reply. However, as I am very tired and it is already nearly eleven o’clock my words will doubtless be few. I have had very hard work lately. Catechising nearly every night in Hemford has taken up a great deal of my time and then I have had funerals and things into the bargain. I was especially disappointed last Saturday. Herbert and his family came up on the train Saturday morning and I intended staying home with them until Sunday morning, but Friday afternoon I received word of two funerals, one in [?] 10 miles distant on Saturday afternoon and the other in Hemford on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. I was able to stay with them therefore only about two hours on Saturday and as I already had arrangements made for fulfilling other engagements in Pleasant River I did not get back to see them before they left Monday morning. In fact it was Tuesday evening late before I reached home. I received a card, however, from Herbert last night stating that they had attended the closing of Acadia College or university at Wolfville and had visited Grand Preˊ and had greatly enjoyed their trip through the valley. I suppose they were in Boston today. I hope they will have a safe journey on their long trip and will reach home in proper shape and good form. I was out at Hemford tonight again. The prospects are a little better and slightly brighter than when I wrote last week. But I don’t know yet just what will be the result on the second Sunday. I intended to have confirmation here on the 4th Sunday in June and had announced that date for the communion, but found out since that it is the time of our coming meeting of Synod and will have to postpone the communion and confirmation till the first Sunday in July. It will make a poor showing on my parochial report for this congregation unless I can get permission to include the July com-

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munion on this year’s report. I have been wondering how Mr. Stevens and Mrs. Zink have been getting along with the children at the Home since Herbert and Bessie left. If things don’t run smoothly there, the fellows that are responsible for it will have to shoulder the blame. I had nothing to do with bringing about the change and am out of it. We have been having some quite cool weather lately. Sitting in the room with the thermometer ranging from 50 to 60 I have wished several times that it was winter, so that we could keep warm. Whenever I have a house of my own I don’t intend to allow the stove to come down until it is a dead certainty that summer is here. The apple trees are now about in full blossom and the fields are all green and the season is at its best. Things are from three weeks to a month earlier than last year. IN reference to the matter about which you wrote me, I don’t suppose I will postpone our wedding, but unless financial circumstances improve considerably I will have to postpone the trip. When I told Bonnie how much money or rather how little I had, she said we had better give up the trip. I didn’t say anything, but my judgement agreed with her. Mr. de Long is putting up a nice house which he will let us have. It is right by my barn and in a beautiful spot facing the road and the river, and will make a pleasant little house till I can get a parsonage built some time. Meda de Long, Bonnie’s sister, a year and a half younger than she will probably be married about Christmas. She will marry a Mr. Gunn, a commercial traveler. He is just a year younger than I am. He is quite a fine fellow and had plenty of money too. He will be here tomorrow night again. As to the Nova Scotia Lutheran, we have some 300 subscribers. But I must close as I am tired and sleepy.


Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 4, 1908

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on June 4, 1908. Little describes his life as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia and his upcoming marriage to Edith "Bonnie" DeLong.