C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 9, 1910
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother. Little describes his life with his wife Bonnie and son Carolus; his work as pastor; the weather; and a funeral for a young girl with over 700 people in attendance.
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 9, 1910
Width: 20 cm
Height: 25 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
Geographic Coverage
  • Nova Scotia, Canada
    Latitude: 44.45015 Longitude: -64.38205
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 June 1910, RG-102.13, File 1.12.3, 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

Mahone Bay, N.S.,

June 9, 1910

Dear Mother:

I am rather late in getting a start at writing tonight but will try to give you a short letter anyway. I was out mowing the lawn until nearly dark tonight and after I came in I had the baby to put to sleep and then company came. And as it doesn’t get good dark this time of year until nearly nine o’clock, it brings bed time around rather early in the evening. I wish you could see our place now since the trees have put out and the grass has come in thick and green. I have the lawn in fine order and many people say we have the prettiest place in Mahone Bay. The house, being newly painted shines up fine too. If I could afford it I would have a picture made of it and send to you, but as it gets toward the end of the quarter funds are growing low. The baby attracts attention every time we take him out. He is so pretty and so fair that every body wants to stop and look at him. He likes to go out too in his little go-cart and is especially taken up with the horse teams and ox teams that he sees. He “hollers” at every one that passes and waves his hand at them. He is very fond of driving in the waggon too and wants to go every time he sees me with the horse. It is beginning to get warm now, though the warm weather

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is very recent and is really only luke-warm yet, so to speak. We had a pretty heavy frost Sunday morning June 5. It killed cucumbers and other garden stuff and in some places the potatoes also that were up. I had some beans up. They were touched but only a few were killed. However, my new horse broke out of the barn the other night and tramped up the garden and rolled over the bean piece, and as the ground was soft from rain he played bull in the china shop with my garden. It seems he was bent in doing all the damage he could. I drove down to Chester on Monday to return my other horse and waggon and I nearly froze. It rained and sleeted and snowed and my hands were nearly numb by the time I got down. They were not so cold all last winter as they were then. I had on a pair of gloves, but they were only thin cotton and after they got wet, were no protection at all. Wednesday Bonnie went up home for the day and I kept Carolus. He was as good as pie all day. Bonnie went up because they wanted to divide between her and Meda some of her mother’s personal effects. On Sunday last I preached here three times. It was my day for Chester, but a little girl member of our Sunday School died Friday morning and had to be buried Sunday; so I arranged to go to Chester next Sunday and took the funeral. The little girl was 11 years old and was one of the prettiest and brightest little things you ever saw. In some way

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she became poisoned and suffered intensely for about a week. They had four doctors but they could do nothing. I was to see the little girl before she died and she said “I thank you for coming to see me”. She was one of the politest and most sensible girls of her age I ever knew and was popular with every body. The funeral was the largest I have ever had. The Church which will seat 700 was packed from the chancel to the door. The Sunday School marched in a body at least a hundred strong. As I did not got to Chester on that day, I preached here in the morning also. I will have no sermons here next Sunday, but will preach at Pleasant Point in the evening. I suppose Bikle and the girls are all home now. Tell him to write to us. Today is Blanche’s birthday. I was going to get a birthday card and send to her, but forgot it when I was down street. Carolus will be a year old the 18th. How is Leopold coming on with his store at Henderson. We haven’t heard anything about him since shortly after he went there. I suppose Herbert is taking a rest now. I received Catalogue of the college some days ago. Well, I must close. With love to you all,

I am

Affectionately your son,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 9, 1910

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother. Little describes his life with his wife Bonnie and son Carolus; his work as pastor; the weather; and a funeral for a young girl with over 700 people in attendance.