C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 19, 1913

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, dated November 19, 1913. Little describes his 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 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
Nov.19, 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, 19 November 1913, RG-102.13, File 1.15.15, 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.,

Nov. 19, 1913.

Dear Mother:

As another week has rolled around I will try to write you at least a short letter again to-night. We have been having fine and quite mild weather for the most of the past week. The mildness is quite remarkable for this latitude. The roads, however, are quite muddy but not as bad as is usually the case at this time of year. We had it pretty cold last Sunday. I exchanged with Pastor Nonamaker and preached at West and Upper Northfield and at Newburn. I didn’t leave home till Sunday morning and I took Carolus with me. He looked fine in his new knitted sweater suit of brown with cap to match. He was very good in Church and listened quite attentively till we reached Newburn. By that time he was tired and sleepy and went to sleep through the service. Newburn is about 25 miles from here. We stayed all night there and came back home on Monday reaching here about 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Carolus got after me to buy him a pair of suspenders to hold his trousers up. I told him there was a store in the house at Upper Northfield where we would stop for dinner and if they had any there I would

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buy him a pair. When we got there he didn’t wait for me to go in the house but went in while I was putting the horse up, and when I came in he said yes, they have them and took me around and showed me a bunch of suspenders of the proper size. I bought him a pair and put them on and I tell you he was “some proud”. Marion walks alone some now. She can walk half way across the room without falling and I think she would walk all the time if she had suitable shoes. She still wears the soft buttoned ones and they are inclined to turn over. I am going to get her a pair of shoes to-morrow. In fact I got some to-day, but they were too large for her. Herman has a suit like Carolus’s too and looks like a browny in it. He is so fat and has such a big paunch, or “Drumtochy”. We have only a small crowd on hand just now. Two of the girls went to Mahone Bay to have some clothes made and one boy went Saturday on a visit to his sister. This leaves us with only seven at present. The other girl was to have gone away t-oday but the man who wanted her failed to come. She was going a month on trial with a view to adoption. The affairs of the Home are not in very good shape. I am behind over $400 on my own salary and there are several hundred dollars of other debts. I got a bill to-day of $90.50 for medical attendance during Stevens’s

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regime in 1909-10. I knew nothing of this bill before. Dr. [R?] donates his services, but when Stevens was here he charged him for Dr. Kelly and this is the result of his mismanagement. It is quite discouraging. Unless I can get old man Hebb to donate at least $1000 of the indebtedness, I think I will have a Board meeting called and advise winding up affairs. I can raise on an average $2200 a year, but this is not nearly sufficient and I don’t think I can do much better than that. I finished my work on the Nova Scotia Lutheran for November this week and also finished my paper for the Pastoral Association which will meet with Pastor Weaver in Lunenburg Monday. I still have my sermons to get up for Sunday. I will hold communion at Mahone Bay at that time. We haven’t heard from the last man call for Mahone. Pastor Glenn writes that he can not reconsider his decision declining to come to Rose Bay. I imagine now they will have to wait till the Seminaries close, for a pastor.

This letter will probably reach you on your birth day Nov. 21. I wish I had something to send you for a present, but as I have not I can only extend my hearty congratulationS and with you many happy returns of the day. With love from us all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 19, 1913

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, dated November 19, 1913. Little describes his family life with his wife and children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.