C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 16, 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 gardening.
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 16, 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, 16 June 1910, RG-102.13, File 1.12.4, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo Lutheran University.
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 16, 1910

Dear Mother:

I will try to write you a few lines tonight though news is scarce and my letter will probably be prosy and short. It rained all last week with the exception of about a day and a half. Sunday of this week was also a dull day with fog and heavy mist, but for the last three days now we have been having the most beautiful weather, about as near perfect as it could well be. Everything looks its best now. All the fields are green apple tree and flowers of various kinds are in blossom and the whole country wears an aspect of brightness and freshness of which you have no equal in the South. We have several trees in our lawn that are surpassingly beautiful just now. One is an English throne tree so full of flowers that you can’t see the leaves. A second is a native Mountain ash and a third is an English Mountain Ash, both of which are full of large clusters of blossoms. Beside these we have three of four other kinds of ash and a couple maple trees which are fine shade trees. Our climbing vine is putting out nicely, though owing to its being tramped upon through the winter it will not be as pretty as last year. I planted some time ago a crimson rambler. It hasn’t amounted to anything yet, but is beginning to shew some signs of life, and I think it will grow. I planted a little bed of nasturtiums

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phlox which are just beginning to come up. Our garden is starting to make a show. The beans, [?] potatoes, cucumbers, beats, salsify, etc are all just popping out of the ground. The lettuce and the onions are looking quite fine. I think I will get into the garden with a hoe about next week. Yesterday Mr. Charles Nicoll, our next door neighbour, sent us over a large slice of salmon which he caught. It made enough for two meals and was fine. Today I bought two dozen scallops, of which we used about half for supper to night. I think they are about the finest of all shell fish. Last evening we were invited out to tea and had our first mess of lettuce this season. Strawberries will be ripe now in a week or so, and the prospects are that they will be quite plentiful. Tuesday we had Rev. and Mrs. Brewer to see us. They came in the morning and spent the day. They are very nice and we enjoyed their company very much. Mrs. Brewer is going to her home in Gettysburg, Pa., on a visit Monday. She expects to be gone a month or so. Rev. Buchholtz and wife are expected at Bridgewater the last of this month. The last word from Mr. Bailly whom we were thinking of calling as Supt. of the Orphans’ Home is that he cannot accept the position owing to the opposition of his family. I am sorry as I felt that his coming would be the making or saving of the Home. Carolus will be a year old Saturday. He is quite an active little chap for his years. You should see how he runs around now. We take him out

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every day now, sometimes in his cart and sometimes in the waggon. He likes to drive and shakes the reins in great style to make the horse go. The little fellow has a sore eye just now. He got some soap in it the other night but I think it will be all right in a day or two. I preached at Chester and Indian Point last Sunday. The day was dull and cold and rainy, and I didn’t have very large congregations, but had a long drive. It was about half past nine when I got home Sunday night. The school will close here next week. Then we will be alone again, as Elsie who has been with us since we came down will be going home. Bonnie is having a suit made and is very much disappointed that it will not be done for next Sunday. I will have to try to get a girl to come in on Sundays, so that she can get out to Church at least once a day after Elsie is gone. Miss Mason, Mr. DeLong’s girl, is up here now. She and Bonnie are practicing duets together. She comes around quite frequently. I don’t know though how she and Mr. DeL are getting along. She is not wearing any engagement ring yet at any rate. I suppose things are pretty quiet in East Hickory now since the colleges are closed. As I am out of news and ideas I will now have the “commencement” of my letter. With love to all, I am

Affectionately your son,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 16, 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 gardening.