C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 17, 1912
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 17, 1912. Little describes life with his wife Bonnie and their children Carolus and Herman, and his work as a pastor in 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 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 2012.
Date of Original
Jan. 17, 1912
Width: 21 cm
Height: 26 cm
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Nova Scotia, Canada
    Latitude: 44.38345 Longitude: -64.51546
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Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 17 January 1912, RG-102.13, File 1.14.1, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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Full Text

Bridgewater, N.S.,

Jany 17, 1912

Dear Mother:

As I have a little leisure just now I will try to write you at least a short letter this evening. Owing to the fact that I will have to preach at Lunenburg Sunday I am busy sermonising again but haven’t made much head way at it so far. Rev. Weaver left Monday of this week for Phila and will be gone three or four weeks during which time I will have to supply for him and run his classes on Monday. Beginning with last Thursday night the missionary tour arranged for by the Executives of Synod has been going on according to schedule. The star of the troupe, however, the Rev. M. J. Bieber, was not present, he having been snow-bound somewhere up in Quebec. He had not arrived on Monday morning yet, but presume he is here by this time. Our first meeting was at Mahone Bay. The attendance was not very large, owing partly to the extreme cold, neither was the collection. But as a Woman’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society was organised that afternoon, the managers of the tour felt that something was accomplished worth while. The next meeting was held on the following night at Lunenburg. The church was not full but considering the weather, which was snowy and

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cold, a very respectable congregation was out and the offerings amounted to something over $8.00. There a W.H.and F.M. Society was organised with more than 60 members. I attended both these meetings and came back each night. Thursday night it was half past 12 when I reached home and Friday night half past one. A meeting was to have been held Monday night at Rose Bay and another last night at Middle La Have. The one Monday night was not held on account of an unusually heavy storm, but I suppose last night’s meeting was pulled off. Tonight the meeting is to be held in the Church at Bridgewater, tomorrow night at Camperdown and Friday night at Upper Northfield. I expect to attend the first and last of these, but that will be the best I can do. Last Sunday I preached for Pastor Bermon in the Northfield Parish at North River, New Germany and West Northfield. The weather was extremely cold, but the sleigh roads were fairly good. I left here on Saturday afternoon arriving at New Germany about 7 p.m. and stopping at my father-in-laws, where all hands made me feel quite at home. Mrs. DeLong, Mrs. Silver and Miss Phoebe, and “Minnie” all inquired about you and Pearl and “Minnie” told me again how much she thought of you and how you didn’t seem strangers to her at all etc. Sunday morning was the coldest of the winter. The ther-

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mometer registered 16° below zero at New Germany, but as it was not windy as on Saturday one didn’t mind the cold very much. I reached home about half past ten o’clock Sunday night. I took a cold from breathing through my mouth Saturday – my nostrils being stopped up by the cold wind I couldn’t avoid it – but am pretty well over it agin. I got my new suit Saturday and also a pair of overshoes at New Germany Saturday night. Bonnie thinks that I now make quite a presentable appearance. I received $75 on salary last week, but it is now about all gone and I will have to make requisition for the remaining $50 before long. Carolus fell down the cellar steps Saturday morning and raised quite a bump on his forehead, but beyond disfiguring himself temporarily he was not any the worse for the long tumble. He rolled down from the top to the bottom.

Pastor Bermon was to hold a congregational meeting at Mahone Bay Sunday night to take action toward calling a pastor. He told me that they were going to give me a call back at $800 and asked me if I would consider it, but I didn’t give him any satisfaction. I have not yet heard what they did, but don’t have any idea they took the action he expected. I think it more likely that they would give him a call. I received a letter

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from Newel Haigler this week and was surprised to learn that he was at Lenoir College this year. I imagine he has developed into a handsome young man by this time. You ought to be here now to hear Carolus get off his comical speeches. He gets off some quite brilliant things sometimes. He doesn’t like for me to go down town when I don’t take him and puts up quite an argument against it. He says: “it’s so wet, so rainy, so nasty, so damp, father can’t go down town”. This morning after he drew his water he said the doll baby wants to draw his water, and he went and got it and brought it into the lavatory and held it over the proper place. But as it did nothing he felt around the doll baby and exclaimed “Doll baby has no penis, doll baby has no penis”. But I must close with love to all,

I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 17, 1912

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 17, 1912. Little describes life with his wife Bonnie and their children Carolus and Herman, and his work as a pastor in Nova Scotia.