C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 29, 1909
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 29, 1909. Little describes his work as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia, and his life with his wife Bonnie and infant son Carolus. He discusses the Bethany Orphan's Home in Bridgewater, 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) 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
July 29, 1909
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, 29 July 1909, RG-102.13, File 1.11.2, 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.,

July 29, 1909

Dear Mother:

It seems only the other night that I wrote you, but here it is Thursday night again. The days are quite long now in the good old summer time but when one is busy they pass quite rapidly and are hardly long enough for all he has to do. I imagine you are sweltering in the heat down there now. It is pretty hot here and would be uncomfortably so if it were not for the winds which unceasingly blow. The nights now are almost ideal with the large moon and their refreshing coolness. It seems almost a waste to spend them in sleep. But with the windows up and a nice breeze blowing through it is a fine time for somnolence. The baby enjoys them as well as we do. Sometimes he sleeps all night without waking up and never wakes up more than once and after he is satisfied he goes right off to sleep again. He is a wonderfully good baby and very regular in his habits. Bonnie thinks he is too good but he is growing and getting fat on it. He becomes more interesting every day and smiles quite often these days. We had him out visiting with us last evening. He likes to ride so well, he never opens his mouth when out driving and he is even better away from home than he is at home. Tomorrow morning he will be six weeks old. We want to try to get him weighed then and see how much he has grown.

I see from The Lutheran that you have been having a Summer Normal Sunday School with large attendance and some noted speakers at Lenoir College. I notice Dr. Fox was among the latter. I would like to see him again. He must be showing his age considerably by this time. I also noticed

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in the same paper the death of the Rev. Allen Arndt. I was sorry to hear of it. Last Thursday we had our semi-annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Bethany Orphans’ Home. Supt. Stevens placed his resignation to take effect the 1st of August. It was accepted and now the Home is in worse condition than ever. He ran behind on current expenses during the year $496 including $25 interest now due. This is the result of the scheme of running the Home on a cheaper basis. I doubt is we will ever have it on as fine a basis as it was when Herbert had charge of it. As it is now we have only the matron in charge, a woman of limited education and intelligence and a young man who has been engaged to run the farm. It will be impossible to get a minister to take charge again, as it is next to impossible to get ministers here to fill the vacant parishes. Bridgewater is still vacant – save for the student supply – and now Mahone Bay is also without a pastor.

I bought my hay today – 2 tons and a half at $14 per ton. As the hay crop is very light this year the price was not out of the way. I will now have more than enough to last me the next twelve months. Next week I will be away nearly all week. I expect to begin catechising in Newburn and will probably stay over there till Wednesday, and on Thursday we will have our Orphans’ Home picnic at the Home. I wanted Bonnie to go with me down there, but she thinks she can’t on account of the baby. Wentzells Lake will take place Sept. 2. We have not succeeded in getting a speaker for that occasion, but the Rev. Behrns will probably fill the bill. Some of my cantaloupes are doing nicely and the rest of my garden looks fine. But Bonnie is waiting for me to go to bed. So good night. She says she intends to write to you soon.

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 29, 1909

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 29, 1909. Little describes his work as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia, and his life with his wife Bonnie and infant son Carolus. He discusses the Bethany Orphan's Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.