C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 5, 1913
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, dated June 5, 1913. Little describes family life; his work as housefather of Bethany Orphan's Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia; and Harold DeLong's tuberculosis and treatment.
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 April 2012.
Date of Original
June 5, 1913
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 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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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 5 June 19a2, RG-102.13, File 1.15.4, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc5
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text



Bridgewater, N.S.,

June 5, 1913

Dear Mother:

I did not write you last night as I was away for a couple days and only arrived home again this morning. Monday evening I went up to Hemford to do some canvassing for the Home. I went up on the train and walked around all day Tuesday and Yesterday. As the houses are somewhat scattering it required a great deal of walking and I am pretty well tired out today. I got in about $12 in small amounts from 25 to 50 cents and would have got three or four dollars more if I had stayed up today, but as Pastor Buchholtz wants me to preach for him Sunday I thought I had better come home and do some studying tomorrow and the next day and leave the rest of the Hemford territory for another time. The heavy rains put us back considerably with our sowing and planting, but if the weather continues fair we will nearly finish up this week. We have about 20 bushels of grain out and 10 bushels of potatoes planted so far. I want to plant from 10 to 15 bushels more of potatoes and from 5 to 10 more of oats. We had a heavy frost last Sunday morning and have had some slight ones since but the days are getting nice and warm now. We have had no hot weather at all yet. Yesterday and Tuesday were almost the only days that one could go

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comfortably all day without a top coat. I don’t know whether I told you last week about Harold DeLong. He had been working in the bank in Sydney and became quite sick. The doctors pronounced it Tubercular peritonitis and we were quite uneasy about him. Father DeLong went up to Sydney to see him last Thursday and is there still, but the last word we received was that Harold was improving and will come home as soon as he is able. I suppose the doctors have put him through an operation as that is said to be the only cure. Dr. Rehfush says such an operation is not dangerous or serious. Harold probably contracted the trouble while in the bank here at Bridgewater as another bank boy and special chum of his in the same bank was sent away recently to a Sanitorium for Tuberculosis of the Lungs. Harold who is only 17 was making a salary of $500 a year before he took sick. He will have to give up the business now for a year at least. I saw Mrs. Silver for a few moments on my way over to Hemford. She is now quite happy leading a life of ease all alone. She is right in her element at present as they are going to have a “Tea Meeting” on the 11th to raise money to pay off the debt on their Church. I never allowed them to have one and they are enjoying their liberty now. However I hope that the end will be attained even though the means cannot be justified. Our Synod meeting is drawing very near and I must soon get to work on my sermon and

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report. I haven’t heard yet whether Rev. Bornhold is coming to Rose Bay or not, but I hope he will, as in case of a vacancy I will have to fill the pulpit till they get some one. I don’t mind that so much but am afraid it would hamper me in my financial work. I received an application for the admission of three more children last week. As the mother who alone if living is in very poor circumstances, I suppose we will have to take them.

Carolus and Herman are enjoying themselves these fine days out of doors. The boys take turns about in going with us to Church. Carolus likes to go but he always knows when it is Herman’s turn and never thinks of claiming it. He is very good that way. If he and Herman have pieces of buttered bread and Carolus has the biggest piece one day the next day he will give Herman the big piece. 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, June 5, 1913

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, dated June 5, 1913. Little describes family life; his work as housefather of Bethany Orphan's Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia; and Harold DeLong's tuberculosis and treatment.