C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 20, 1912

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on June 20, 1912. Little describes life with his wife Bonnie and their children Carolus and Herman, and his work as pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home 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
June 20, 1912
Width: 13 cm
Height: 20.5 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
Geographic Coverage
  • Nova Scotia, Canada
    Latitude: 44.38345 Longitude: -64.51546
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Carroll Herman Little letter, 20 June 1912, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Wilfrid Laurier University
Reproduction Notes
U242 Disc4
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

Bridgewater, N.S.,

June 20, 1912

My Dear Mother:

You welcome letter was received a few days ago and read with much pleasure. I will try to answer it this afternoon. After a long spell of cold dull and rainy weather we are having now a spell of bright sunshiny days, fairly warm but by no means hot. It is fine growing weather and the grass and grain and garden stuff are coming along at an accelerated rate. Our girl is still with us, Mr. Ernerd took her back home Saturday and her people agreed to let her stay awhile longer. So he brought her back Sunday evening thus relieving our anxieties for a time at least. Last Sunday I spent at home all day. My horse was gone and, the

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weather being more or less threatening, I did not feel like walking down and back, and as Bonnie wanted company I stayed at home. This next Sunday I am to preach in Mahone Bay parish for Pastor Bermon, who has gone to the States to perform the marriage ceremony for one of his sisters. I haven’t been away anywhere this week, but have been making some collections around Bridgewater and have secured about $15. On the night of the 4th of July I will have an entertainment, given by Miss Lattie Tillotson of Hawaii, at Mahone Bay, of which half of the proceeds will go to our Orphans’ Home.

Pastor Behrens wrote me that by reason of the action of the Canada German Synod on cooperation with us, we can expect about $400 per year

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from Ontario for our Home. This will give us quite a lift. I am writing you on Carolus’s tablet. I don’t know what he would say if he knew it. I got it for him at his request for a birth day present. I got one like it just before Bonnie went to St. John. He claimed it, but Bonnie took it with her and he never could quite get over it. So he said to his mother when he got back home from down town the other day, “Mother, you won’t get this one”. Yesterday he was writing on it and I asked him, Whom are you writing to? He said, “I am writing to grandmother Little to tell her to come up and see us again”. The other day he was with me in the bath room and volunteered some interesting information. He said, “Father, mother

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hasn’t any penis; she has only a bottom. She just sits down this way”, and he proceeded to show me how she did it. He gets off some bright things nearly every day, but I can’t remember them all. He plays out of doors nearly all the time and enjoys every moment. Little Herman is also as quick as a flash with his hands and on his feet and says lots of words. He talks a great deal more than Carolus did at his age. He and Carolus have great fun playing ball with the rubber ball I got Carolus for a birth day present.

Bonnie’s grandmother, I think, intends leaving for Oregon about the first of July, though we haven’t heard from her lately. We haven’t heard from Mabel either since she reached Paris. I am anxious to get down

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town to hear about the Republican Convention. I am a Roosevelt man and seem very much interested in the outcome of his game fight. At the same I am sure he would be a harder man to beat than President Taft. And as a Democrat I think it would be the best thing if Taft were nominated.

Remember me to the Gilberts and to Mrs. Henry when you see them again. But I must close. With love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 20, 1912

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on June 20, 1912. Little describes life with his wife Bonnie and their children Carolus and Herman, and his work as pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home in Nova Scotia.