C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 23, 1909
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on June 23, 1909. Little describes the birth of his first child, Carolus, the health of his wife Bonnie, and his work 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
June 23, 1909
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
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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 June 1909, RG-102.13, File 1.11.1, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc3
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

New Germany, N.S.,

June 23, 1909

Dear Mother:

I know you are anxiously waiting to hear some further word from us, so I will write you a letter to-night before I leave for Lunenburg in the morning. Our Synod is to meet there tomorrow evening and I must be down in time for an Executive Committee meeting in the afternoon. Consequently I will have to take the morning train. I am glad to be able to inform you that Bonnie is doing just as nicely as possible. She feels well and strong and is as hungry as a bear. She can eat solid food now and plenty of it. She had no bad spells after the baby was born and only complains that she has to stay in bed so long. She hasn’t even had a headache and says she believes she could get up and scrub and do her housework the same as always. She said today that if she was only in the South now, she would make hot biscuits and honey and fried chicken and even persimmon pudding fly. She thinks she would enjoy almost everything she had down there now. Her mother said she never saw anybody get along so well. She had a hard time of it at the birth, but for all that she did not get very weak and has been remarkably strong all along. And as for the boy, Carolus De Long, he is the most wonderful baby you ever saw. Everybody says he looks like his father, but he is a decided improvement over him. I guess there never was a stronger or healthier looking little baby and he is as bright as he can be. Even before he was washed he opened his eyes and looked all around and he notices everything. And he is as good as the day is long. He cries some, of course, but this is at night; hence the statement of the above sentence is perfectly accurate.

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Last night he was good also at night. He has the clarest clearest skin of any new born baby I even saw. And while he is almost devoid of hair, what little he has which is all on his head is as fine and glossy as silk. It is the unanimous opinion of all his relatives that he is the handsomest baby they ever saw. His grandmother is down here nearly all of the time. She says she just can’t stay away from him and his aunt Meda (Mrs. Gunn) is just wild over him and wants to hold him all of the time. “Minnie” his great grandmother is almost equally fond of him; so I guess he will not want for attention. We have had a lot of visitors and all pronounce him a fine baby. He weighed 10 lbs. when he was born but is not an overly fat baby, but simply large and long. He gets that from de Long part of him. I expect to baptize him in the Church on the first Sunday in July. Wish you could be here to stand sponsor for him. I guess though I will have to take some of our leading members. We received Mabel’s pretty little booklet of Baby Records this evening and Bonnie was “mighty” well pleased with it. She thinks it is just too cute for anything and in the words of an old Dutch lady of New Germany now departed, says “I tank you a tousand times: I always tought you were good lookin.” We are having real hot weather now, and it is awfully dry. If it doesn’t soon rain the hay crop will be almost a dismal failure. Other things are not suffering so much yet. My garden is progressing nicely. The beans, lettuce, cucumber etc are doing fine and the nasturtiums which I planted in front of the house are growing nicely. My cantaloupes were slow in making a start, but they are nearly all up now and look promising. I think the ground was too cold yet when they were put out for them to come up sooner. They will probably do well now from this out.

I have had an unusual run of hard work for the last couple of weeks and have had little time to prepare for Synod and am feeling shaky about preaching Sunday. Two weeks ago, from Saturday evening until Monday night, I rode almost 80 miles on horseback and preached five

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times. On Monday alone I rode nearly fifty miles or quite so to attend a funeral. Then on Thursday night the night the baby was born I was up all night, and Saturday evening I was sent for to come over to Newburn on a sick visit and counting that trip and the long trip Sunday and the return home on Monday I rode again about 60 miles and preached four times. It was a funeral this time again that gave me the extra service, and it was a bad case too – that of a girl, 14 years 8 mons and 24 days old, who had been seduced and died from the effects of confinement. I preached a strong and stirring sermon that they will probably not forget very soon for the text, “The wages of sin is death.” It was an awful case and I used it for all it was worth to warn the living. It probably did not meet with the approval of the family, but I trust that it will have the good effect that was intended and I am sure that all right thinking people in the community will say that it was just what was needed. I got back home Monday evening and have been here since, but was up till to-day I did not feel like studying and didn’t have opportunity to do very much today. If they let me out of the secretaryship this time according to my desire to be released, I may have a little opportunity to do more studying in Lunenburg for Sunday morning’s service. I expect we will have a busy time at Synod, perhaps a hot time over the Mahone Bay parish’s obstreperousness and some other things. But I must close. With love to you and your family from me and my family, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 23, 1909

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on June 23, 1909. Little describes the birth of his first child, Carolus, the health of his wife Bonnie, and his work as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia.