C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 27, 1913
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on September 27, 1913. Little describes his trip to the General Council Convention in Toledo, Ohio. Stops along his journey included Unionville, Berlin, Niagara Falls, and Morrisburg.
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
Sept. 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
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, 27 September 1913, RG-102.13, File 1.15.11, 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
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text



Bridgewater, N.S.,

Sept. 27, 1913

Dear Mother:

Please pardon me for being so late this week but as I was on my way home all week I did not have an opportunity for writing. I reached Bridgewater last night after 10 o’clock and it was nearly eleven before I got back home, as I had to walk up. I found the family all well and very glad to see me return. The Orphans’ Home children were also all right and had been on their good behaviour during my absence, so that everything went along swimmingly while I was gone. I had a great trip and was away altogether 20 days, but I was glad to get back home too and be with my dear ones again. I stopped off at a number of places on the return trip. First I stopped off over night and for half a day with Pastor Behrens and family at Berlin. They seemed especially glad to have a Nova Scotian with them again. Berlin is, I think, the most beautiful city I ever saw. It is a small city of about 17 or 18 thousand inhabitants, but is beautifully laid out and paved and has the finest lawns and shade trees you ever saw. The houses also are all brick or stone and everything is kept so nice and clean. I visited our Theological Seminary at Waterloo which is a suburb

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of Berlin, although enjoying a separate corporation. I arrived at Toronto on Friday evening and immediately set out for Unionville where I again visited Pastor Mauner and spent till Saturday afternoon with him. Then I returned to Toronto and was there over Sunday preaching for our St. Paul’s congregation both morning and evening. In the morning the congregation was small on account of rain but I had a fine turn out in the evening. At both services I preached at my best and received many compliments. They have a robed choir there and are in everything very churchly. I liked the people very much. They are now without a pastor and I think it is likely that I will receive a call from there sometime this fall. In case I do it is most likely that I will accept. Toronto is the finest city in Canada and has a population of 420,000. The congregation at present pays a salary of $1200, though out of that the pastor will have to pay a rent of $23 or $25 a month. But they promise to do better than that when they get in good working shape. At Toronto Monday morning I took the steamer to Niagara Falls from which place I sent you post cards. I got back in Toronto about 10 o’clock Monday night and left Tuesday morning for Morrisburg, where I arrived at 3:30 in the afternoon after an interesting ride by rail down the St

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Lawrence, on of the finest rivers in the world. I found both Pastor and Mrs. McCreery waiting for me at the station and I spent a night and day most pleasantly with them. Then I took a long trip from Morrisburg, Ont. to St John, N.B. arriving there about 7 o’clock Thursday evening. Meda was very glad to see me and took me out that night to a musicale given by their Arts Club. Yesterday morning Mr. Worder, Meda’s brother-in-law who runs a big living stable in St. John, drove me all over the city. I stayed there till after dinner and then took the boat for Digby, N.S. and from thence reached home last night. It was the longest time I have been away from home since I have been married, and in spite of my interesting experiences, the time seemed long and I was glad to get back. I saw Dr. Greever at the Council also Mrs. Crank from the South, though I didn’t meet her, Dr. Schumauk, the President of the Council, is a wonderful man and one of the most powerful personalities that I ever met. The proceedings were interesting throughout. They furnished meals in the basement of the Church every noon and fed well, even furnishing free cigars. But I must close. I intended sending cards to all but missed Bikleˊ Jennie Lee and Herbert. With love and all good wishes,

I am Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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P.S I forgot to say that Buchhaltz’s have another girl, born Wednesday last

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

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on September 27, 1913. Little describes his trip to the General Council Convention in Toledo, Ohio. Stops along his journey included Unionville, Berlin, Niagara Falls, and Morrisburg.