C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 7, 1910
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
Media Type
Item Type
Handwritten letter from C. H. Little to his mother. He discusses the marriage of his sister Jennie Lee, his work as a pastor, family life, and his financial situation.
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
July 7, 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, 7 July 1910, RG-102.13, File 1.12.7, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc4
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

Mahone Bay, N.S.,

July 7, 1910

Dear Mother:

Your most welcome and interesting letter of July 1 was duly received and highly enjoyed. We were also much interested in the clipping containing the Observer’s account of the wedding. Bonnie said though, the most interesting part was left out and that was the list of presents the bride received. You might furnish that in your next or have Mrs. Hefner to send it. It will be nice that they are going to live in Hickory. Jennie Lee who seems to have been your man of all work can still give you a lift occasionally. We were glad to hear that you were so favourably impressed with Mr. Childs and trust that he and Herminie will be as happy as Jennie Lee and Walter when their two hearts beat as one. I wish we could have some of your super abundance of fine spring chickens, apples and peaches. So far we have had only strawberries in the fruit line and not very many of them. Today however, I bought a dozen little runty apples for five cents and we stewed them whole and they were quite palatable. But our fruit season will come on later when yours is past and gone. I trust Pearl is enjoying her vacation and visit at Blanche’s. What does Bikle intend to do at Mr. Peg[?]? Will he do farm work? I’m afraid he will not find

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that very remunerative. I wish he could strike something to make some money this summer. I feel for a fellow when he is hard up for funds. I know what it is from present and prolonged experience. I wouldn’t mind it myself and never did worry much over it, but Bonnie worries all the time and worries herself almost to death over our debts. I don’t believe she has one happy moment in her life on account of them. So my advice to Bikle is not to get married by any means until he has a good practice and is wholly free from debt. Living expenses here are very high. My store bill up to date amounted to $195.10, besides what I paid cash for. Of this amount I have paid $55 leaving a balance of $140.10, which debt has accrued in the last nine months. Most of the amount, however, was for the barn and for wood and coal. The bill for horse-feed alone was $99.12. $47 was for wood and coal and the balance was for the horse. Of course in that time I have reduced our indebtedness to Mr. DeLong from about $200 to $145 and have met the quarterly payments of $25.00 on our piano. But I borrowed $40 on the policy to pay my insurance, and so on the whole I am getting in about as fast as I am getting out. I try to get Bonnie to give up worrying and take it patiently as I do, but it is of no use, and I am very sorry. She thinks I

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should never have got married as I did, having nothing. And I agree with her on that point. If I had had any idea that she would take it as hard as she does, I would not under any circumstances have made her so unhappy. She says she won’t live long at this rate and I really don’t believe she will. But I have tried everything in my power to get her to give up worrying and be happy and it is all in vain; and I feel that I am wholly to blame for it. I love the little girl and hate to see her grieving so, but am powerless to help it. Don’t say anything to anybody about this, as I have never mentioned it to a soul before and wouldn’t do so now only that I thought you might be able to write something that might help her a little. If she could only take things as I do, but it is not her nature and it is just spoiling her life the way things are going. We all went down to Chester last Saturday. We had perfect weather and a delightful drive along the shore . The baby enjoyed it immensely and was as good as pie all of the time. We got home Sunday evening just in time for Church. I had to preach that night without supper. But I must close. With love and all good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 7, 1910

Handwritten letter from C. H. Little to his mother. He discusses the marriage of his sister Jennie Lee, his work as a pastor, family life, and his financial situation.