C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 22, 1910
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 22, 1910. Little describes life with his wife Bonnie and their first child, Carolus, and his work as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia, as he prepares for Christmas celebrations and services.
-- Letter is torn and damaged.

-- 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
Dec. 22, 1910
Width: 21 cm
Height: 27 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, 22 December 1910, RG-102.13, File 1.12.10, 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., Dec 22, 1910

Dear Mother:

I guess I will have to give you one more letter before Christmas, though I will probably cut it short as I am busy almost to the point of distraction at this time. We will have our Christmas tree in the Church here on Christmas eve, at which occasion I am expected to deliver an address. There we will have early service at 8:30 o’clock on Christmas day with Confession and Absolution and a sermon, regular service with communion and sermon at 11 o’clock and service and sermon again in the evening. It puzzles me to prepare for so many things at one time and I will be in hot water till it is all over. Last Sunday I had to have three sermons, one of them being a funeral of an old member of New Cornwall. But this coming Sunday will be worse yet because preceded by the address on Christmas eve and followed by my catechetical lecture which I will have to hold at Indian Point on Monday evening instead of Tuesday evening of next week. We are all invited out to a Christmas dinner this year at Mr. Stephen Sweltzer’s, One of our members here, with whom Dr. Pfalticher and family boarded when they were here last summer. This will save Bonnie the work and me the expense

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of an elaborate Christmas dinner. Most of the people here will have their Christmas dinners on Monday instead of Sunday in order not to interfere with the Church services. If the weather is fine we will probably have a large communion on that day.

Last week we had some quite cold weather Friday, Saturday and Sunday were the coldest days we have had this winter. I drove up to New Cornwall with the sleigh on Sunday. The snow was a little thin in spots, but the sleigh went fairly well for all. On Monday we had a change to warm and stormy culminating in the heaviest fall of rain and freshet of the season. Since then the weather has been but moderately cold. This morning we had a little snow which covered the ground about an inch, but was not enough to make sleigh roads. The rain storm took the ice out of the Bay and I presume also out of the lakes and streams. It is doubtful now whether we will have a white Christmas. Coming back from Indian Point Tuesday night I cut a Christmas tree for Carolus. I got it in the dark, but couldn’t have made a better selection if I had got it by day. We trimmed it up yesterday and last night and put a few presents on it for him and it looks fine. I know he will enjoy it this year. He is as some of the women say, the “knowinest child” you ever

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saw. And mischievous is no name for him. He breaks up something or other nearly every day and seems to have a special grudge against Bonnie’s dinner set. If he can’t reach the dishes, he will pick up a case knife or a slove lifter and fire at them and succeed in breaking sometimes two or three at a time. But he is a sweet, dear little fellow for all that and is never happier than when we tell him to do something and he feels that he is helping out.

Bonnie sent you a little calendar the other day as a token of our good wishes for a blessed Christmas and happy New Year. I am sorry that we are not in position to send you a present as we would like to do. I think I sent Christmas cards to all except Bikleˊ. I didn’t know his address. I forgot his old address and don’t know any way whether he is there now or not. We wanted to have Carolus’s picture taken to send around for Christmas, but didn’t get it done. He is growing fast and we think he improves in appearance with age. But I must close. Wishing you one and all the best joys of the holy season, I am

Most Sincerely and affectionately yours,

Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 22, 1910

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 22, 1910. Little describes life with his wife Bonnie and their first child, Carolus, and his work as pastor of the New Germany parish in Nova Scotia, as he prepares for Christmas celebrations and services.