C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 16, 1912
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 16, 1912. Little describes life with his wife Bonnie and their children Carolus and Herman, and his work as a 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
Aug.16, 1912
Width: 21 cm
Height: 28 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
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 16 August 1912, RG-102.13, File 1.14.6, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc4
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{The Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Nova Scotia

Office of the President.}

Bridgewater, N.S.,

Aug. 16, 1912

Dear Mother:

Your most welcome and interesting letter was received to-day on my return home from a canvassing tour in Newburn. I left home Tuesday, went to Mahone Bay and attended to some business, and from there I drove up to Woodstock Tuesday night. Wednesday and Thursday I spent in canvassing through Newburn, getting as far back as Woodstock last night. This morning I drove direct home 21 miles without a stop, making the trip in about three hours and a half. As a consequence of such strenuosity I am somewhat tired this afternoon and will make my letter short. I met with a pleasant reception in Newburn and succeeded in collecting $22.11 in the two days I was there. I would have got more but some of the people I did not find at home. But anyway I did pretty well and can probably tide matters over till I can make another trip some where else. The boys as well as Bonnie were glad to see me come back home. Herman called out “Papa, Papa” and ran right to me and I could hardly get away from him. Carolus made apology for not being dressed up yet. He could hardly get over it that he didn’t have his good clothes on when I arrived.

(Page 2)

He is very particular about his personal appearance. We had fine weather all the time I was away with the exception of a rain night before last. But up to the last three days we have had it wonderfully wet. I is fine and cool to-day, almost reminding one of the beginning of fall. I am glad you were pleased with the pictures of the boys. I think they are excellent. We have decided to the October arrival Marion Lucile. This will be additional news. We are anxiously awaiting her appearance. Bonnie has received a couple letters and a post card from her grandmother en route to Oregon. She was getting along nicely at last account. I wish I could have seen His Honour Judge Little. I remember him quite distinctly, though I haven’t seen him for many years. I suppose he is quite a politician too and am glad to hear that he is on the Democratic side.

But I will have to close as I must go down town and get back before supper. With lots of love, I am

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] C.H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 16, 1912

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 16, 1912. Little describes life with his wife Bonnie and their children Carolus and Herman, and his work as a pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home in Nova Scotia.