C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 9, 1913
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, dated July 9, 1913. Little describes family life with his wife and children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and housefather of the Bethany Orphans' Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Bonnie's sister, Meda DeLong, is visiting.
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
July 9, 1913
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, 9 July 1913, RG-102.13, File 1.15.7, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc6
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

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Bridgewater, N.S.,

July 9, 1913.

Dear Mother:

I am going down town directly and as this is a good opportunity to mail a letter so that you will get it early, I will write you briefly. We had a couple quite warm days around about the time I wrote you last week. But since then the weather has been cool enough for comfort. In fact it has been on its good behaviour and we could not wish it to be finer. Last Sunday, however, we had quite a rain, but it was badly needed and came in good. I had arranged an exchange with Pastor Buchholtz for the day, so that even in this respect I was the gainer. The congregations, however, were small, but I preached the three times, while he did not preach in the evening at all. In the morning I took Bonnie and Carolus down to Church and in the afternoon I took Carolus and Herman with me to Summerside. Herman drove the horse all the way down and back and Carolus held the umbrella, so that I had nothing to do. The boys were very well-behaved in Church. In fact nobody could be more attentive that Carolus is at Church. Meda is still with us. She was to have played a violin

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solo in Church Sunday night but the rain prevented her going down. She will play next Sunday night provided they send a team for her. I will be away again preaching in the Rose Bay parish. Today Miss Ella Crandall, an old maid friend of Minnie’s is up spending the day. She was much taken with Marion and said she never saw a baby that was so fine, so lovable and so good. We began haying yesterday. I have been making a hand so far and have been running the mower. I am going to get extra help next week and try to finish it up. The hay is very good this year – better than last year. I think we will make quite as much hay, notwithstanding we had 8 or 10 acres of sod plowed up last fall. Our potatoes too and all the crops are looking fine. I have been putting in all my spare time this week getting material for the Nova Scotia Lutheran and preparing my President’s report for the General Council Minutes. I had also to edit and revise the Minutes of the Women’s Missionary Society for publication. In consequence I haven’t done a thing for Sunday yet and will have to get down to it tomorrow. We are having strawberries now, both wild and cultivated. 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, July 9, 1913

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, dated July 9, 1913. Little describes family life with his wife and children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and housefather of the Bethany Orphans' Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Bonnie's sister, Meda DeLong, is visiting.