C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 9, 1908
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 9, 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 May 2012.
Date of Original
July 9, 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, 9 July 1908, RG-102.13, File 1.10.16, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc3
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

New Germany, N.S.,

July 9, 1908

Dear Mother:

I do not have much time at my disposal to-day as I expect to go down to Bridgewater directly but will try to give you a short letter at any rate. Bonnie and I are going to drive down if I can get a waggon and we will not get back till late to-night. Last night we were out to a little ice-cream sale gotten up by some of my friends at Hemford, the proceeds of which, I hear, are coming to me personally. It was a very quiet affair but I suppose they took in several dollars. The night was moon light and magnificent. We enjoyed the drive out and back in the cool of the evening very much. We have been having some exceedingly hot weather of late. It has been the longest steadiest hot spell I have yet seen in Nova Scotia. Day before yesterday, which was the hottest, it was 94 in the shade. I discarded my undershirts a week ago and never wear a coat in the house except at meal times. I am like the fellow from down the river up who asked father Cossmann to cut the marriage ceremony short for him, “because I shweats so.” There is only one relieving feature about the heat which renders it less oppressive and that is we always have a breeze blowing. This morning it is starting off nice and cool and there is the most refreshing and delightful breeze. Hay making is starting in good earnest now and so far there has been fine weather for it. We could scarcely have had a better season and the hay crop will be far above the average. The haying season is two or three weeks ahead of last year. That will make an early fall. After haying the summer is considered as pretty well over and people are on the look out for frost and fall. The country is fairly fragrant now with new mown hay and the “stooks” in the fields present a picturesque appearance. Last Sunday morning and afternoon we had a very heavy rain. It fairly poured about Church time and it interfered greatly with attendance at Church.

(Page 2)

It was my confirmation day here and I expected a large congregation and would have had it if the rain had not come on just when it did. Even as it was the Church was about two-thirds full. I had nine for confirmation, my own little girl Bonnie being among the number. I was afraid all wouldn’t get there because of the rain, but they all put in their appearance. It was the first time, I think, that I got all that I expected and was not disappointed in any respect. The service lasted two hours and I preached with earnestness and vigour from 1 Tim. 5:12 “Fight the good fight of faith” etc. Considering the day also, I had a very good communion. I got only $2.68 collection however, and as I had advanced about $13.00 on my Synodical appointment and this is my last collection, I am about $10 in the hole. If it had been a fine day I would have got 5 or 6 dollars here, as people from all around were counting on coming. But if it happens to be a rainy Sunday when I have my communion my collections fall short, and we had lots of them last year. It is two months today till I will be married. I am going down to Bridgewater today to see about having some clothes made. I am going to get a waggon too now shortly. I find I can get a good one for about $75.00. I am tired of hiring and borrowing waggons so much. I took Bonnie with me to Newburn and Woodstock Sunday. She enjoyed the trip very much, but found the road rough. Bonnie says, It is so nice to be a Lutheran. Mrs. Feindel, Bonnie’s grand-mother, said she felt like going up with Bonnie and being confirmed. Mother de Long was coming down, but owing to the rain she didn’t get there. I received a nice letter from Bikle last night. But I must close. Perhaps I will be able to get this off on the train this morning. With love to you all,

I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 9, 1908

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 9, 1908. Little describes his life as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia.