C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 27, 1913
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 27, 1913. Little describes family life with his wife and children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' home 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
August 27, 1913
Width: 21 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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Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 27 August 1913, RG-102.13, File 1.15.9, 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

Full Text



Bridgewater, N.S.,

Aug. 27, 1913.

Dear Mother:

As the periodic time has rolled around again I will try to write you a few lines this evening. I have had so much to do and have been so very busy for the past few weeks that I hardly know which way to turn. I thought I would get out of preaching last Sunday but I had to preach for all. I preached for Pastor Buchholtz here at Bridgewater and at St. Luke’s. I took Carolus had Herman with me down to the latter Church. They behaved very nicely, although Herman walked around the pew a time or two. Monday I went back in the country in search of a girl. I succeeded in finding one and yesterday I went back after her. That gave me a drive in the two days of 52 miles. But I think the girl is going to prove a good one. She is about the dozenth girl we have had since we have been here. I took Carolus with me when I went after her. Bonnie was busy and didn’t have time to attend to him properly, so she said if he would undress himself she would put on his good suit for him and he could go. As his romper suit buttons behind he could not unbutton it. But nothing daunted he hunted Herman up and got him to unbutton it

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for him and so got to go. On the way he was driving and urging the horse along but couldn’t get him to go very well. So I said to him “The horse has no respect for you”. Quick as a flash he handed the reins over and said “Well, you take the lines then”. He is always ready with an answer. This afternoon Herman came in and said “I love father better than mother”. Bonnie got after him about it but he stuck to it and said “I love father the best.” Both the boys are quite father boys. Marion crawls everywhere. She is the only one of our children that ever really crawled. Bonnie intends going up Home on Monday. She will take Herman with her to show him off. She thinks he is the prettiest boy that ever was, and is busy now making him a nice white suit. To-day I have been arranging things for our Tea and Coffee stand at the Wentzel’s Lake Reunion, Sept. 4 and also cutting clippings in the Nova Scotia Lutheran. The August number just came out yesterday. Dr. T.B. Roth, I think, has arrived and is with Pastor Bermon at Mahone Bay. His wife is with him. Is Herminie with you still. We feel so sorry for her in the loss of her dear little Herman. I think I would be afraid to bring my children down into the South. It seems so much harder to bring up children down there than

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in the cooler north. We have had a delightful summer – the pleasantest weather I think I ever experienced. It was quite dry for a time, but on Saturday night last we had a fine rain, which was a great blessing to the whole country and which also put out the many forest fires that had been raging. I expect to leave here on Sept. 6 for Toledo to attend the General Council Convention of which I am the 11th Vice President. Even at that I am not quite at the foot of the list, Pastor J. Mauer being the 12th. I hope to have a profitable as well as pleasant trip. Pastor D.K. Fettinly is expected back this evening with his bride. He married Miss Mary Saddlemire at Glen Becker, Ont. yesterday at high noon. We will all have to combine and get a present for him according to custom and precedent governing such cases. As Pastor Nonamaker will no doubt be married this fall, it is a hard year on our pastoral pocketbooks. Little Lynton is very sick. The doctors thought at first it was sciatic rheumatism but later were of the opinion that it was hip disease. He has been in bed for three weeks and they have a trained nurse with him. Harold is still at the Sanitorium at Kentville. We are harvesting some of our grain now. We made 20 bushels of barley and will probably have 100 of oats. The dry weather affected the grain considerably. But I must close for this time. With love, I am

Most Sincerely yours, [signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 27, 1913

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 27, 1913. Little describes family life with his wife and children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' home Nova Scotia.