C. H. Little to Candace Little, October 30, 1913
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on October 30, 1913. Little describes family life with his wife and children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home in Bridgewater, 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, and John Frederick.

Carroll Herman Little died in Waterloo, Ontario on March 31, 1958.

-- Letter transcribed by Michael Skelton in 2012.
Date of Original
Oct. 30, 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, 30 October 1913, RG-102.13, File 1.15.13, 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.,

October 30, 1913.

Dear Mother:

As it is raining this morning – just pouring down in fact – and I can’t get out to go down town, I will take advantage of the opportunity to write you a letter, which I can take down and mail when I do get off. October, following an unusually dry summer has been an exceedingly rainy month. Its fine days could doubtless be counted on the fingers of one hand, but it has been a very mild month. The pastures and fields are greener than they were at any time during the summer. My second crop of nasturtiums are in blossom and are as fine as was the first crop. They came up from the seeds dropped by the first ones. Fortunately we have all our potatoes out and in - i.e. out of the ground and in the cellar. I think we got about 175 bushels, of which I sold 50. The rest, I suppose, we will have to keep for eating and for seed. Our cabbage and turnips are still in the field, except 75 or 100 bushels of the latter which I have sold. I got 30₵ a bushel for the turnips and if the price keeps up I think I will sell practically the whole crop, of which I think we will have 1200 bushels or so. We have some fine extra large heads of cabbage, but I think we will

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need it all for our own use and for kraut. I intended to go out hunting partridge yesterday but the weather was too threatening. We have only two more days for bird hunting, as the fine goes on Nov. 1. However, we can hunt rabbits till March. I shot one Saturday in the woods just below the house and I shot another one yesterday. Rabbits are quite plentiful and are good eating. They are much larger than the Southern cotton tails. Last Sunday I preached in the morning here at Bridgewater and baptized Pastor Buchholtz’s baby.

I was slightly misinformed as to the name. It was Miriam Pauline instead of Marion Pauline. It seems strange that they should call one child Mary and the other Miriam, as these are only two forms of the same name, the Virgin Mary’s name being Miriam in her native tongue. It was very rainy Sunday, but I slipped down and back between the showers. I did not get to my afternoon appointment on account of the rain, but managed to get to Mahone Bay during a lull in the storm. But about Church time it rained a deluge. Only about 20, mostly men and boys got out to Church. There was no organist, no choir, no singing, no liturgy. I just read the Epistle and Gospel recited the creed, preached a short sermon and closed with the Lord’s Prayer and benediction. They want

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to keep the Church open till they get a pastor, so I suppose I am in for regular service every Sunday for some time to come. Nothing has been heard yet from the last man they have called. I haven’t heard anything yet from Pastor Glenn either, who was called to the Rose Bay parish. It seems hard to get Yankees to come to Canada. I had a letter this week from Pastor Baisler of Winnipeg complaining to that effect and asking me if I had any available men to spare in Nova Scotia for Western work. The General Council Mission Board under Kunzmaner and Bieber has taken Toronto out of President Maurer’s hands, and Bieber is himself in charge there for an indefinite period and he claims the right to nominate the pastors, so I can’t depend upon going there. It would be a nice place and I believe I would have received a call there if he hadn’t interfered, but it is all right and I am just as well satisfied. It would have been pretty hard any way to make ends meet on a salary of $1200 in a city like Toronto where one would have to pay house rent.

Marion doesn’t walk alone yet but she can get up anywhere as long as she can get one hand on anything and she has great times standing up by the bed or looking out the window with the boys. She is a perfect beauty and always has a smile for everybody. She reads every paper and book she picks up and says ā ē ō ōō äh. I taught her these vowels and she uses them in singing too. Carolus

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and Herman have great rivalry and get into many disputes. The other morning Carolus said, “This is morning.” Herman said, “No, this is not morning; this is afternoon.” And when Carolus reaffirmed his position Herman said “It’s a funny morning.” If anything isn’t just right, Herman always says “It’s a bad piece of business.” He is a cute little fellow. Carolus played barber with him one day and cut his hair and made so many gashes in it that it looks a sight. The Nova Scotia Lutheran comes out the first of the week. This is the 4th number I have gotten out since I became Editor again this last time. I will have to get to work on next month’s issues pretty soon again. We will have our Sunday School Convention at Rose Bay on Nov. 5. I am on for an address on Missions in the S. School.

I can’t think of any more news at present. Besides dinner is ready, so I will close. With love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, October 30, 1913

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on October 30, 1913. Little describes family life with his wife and children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.