C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 4, 1913

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, dated December 4, 1913. Little describes family life with his wife and children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home in Bridgwater, 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
Dec. 4, 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, 4 December 1913, RG-102.13, File 1.15.16, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
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.,

December 4, 1913.

Dear Mother:

Your kind letter of Nov. 29 was received last night. I was sorry indeed to hear of Grandmother Hermaine’s sad plight; but considering her great age it is not much to be wondered at. I trust her sufferings may not be prolonged or severe and pray that she may have a peaceful end and a happy [?] out of all her afflictions. The poor old soul, it must be quite pathetic to hear her speaking of the persons and things of so long ago as if they were in the living present. May God grant her a happy reunion with her loved ones gone before!

We too had a fine November. It was much nicer than October and was only cold in spots. December has set out as a winter month. On the 1st day in the evening we had a couple inches of snow. This, however, only made a slush and was nearly all melted away yesterday when it snowed again 2 or 3 inches. It is not enough for sleighs and too much for wagons. But I think it likely that we will get some more in a day or two. It ought to be good for rabbit hunting. Last week I was out part of a day and shot one rabbit and one porcupine. People eat the latter and say they are good, but they are hard to clean on account of the quills and so I didn’t bother with it.

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Tuesday we killed our big pig. She dressed 505 lbs., which wasn’t bad for a pig less than a year and a half old. It will make plenty of swine flesh for us all winter. We have four more pigs, two of which we will kill for sale around Christmas and two we will keep for breeding purposes.

I have never got down to see old man Hebb yet. I expect to go, however, this afternoon as I have the money on hand to pay him his interest. We have at present nine children in the Home, 7 boys and 2 girls. I haven’t heard from the Wentzel girl who went away on a month’s trial the other week, but presume she is getting along all right and proving satisfactory. I am still preaching every Sunday. I have missed only 2 Sundays, I think, since the last of June. Last Sunday I preached at Blockhouse in the afternoon, which made it quite an early Sunday for me, as it is only 2 miles from Mahone Bay. Next Sunday I will preach at Chester again. I will go down on Saturday evening on the train and will have a team drive me up from there to the Bay. Carolus says he is going along with me. The H. & S.W. Ry. here have discontinued the issuing of clerical permits. So after Jan’y 1, we will have to pay full fare. I have applied to the Intercolonial for permits, but I don’t know whether they will issue them or not. I could, I suppose, get a pass by publishing schedules in the Nova Scotia Lutheran, but I don’t travel enough to bother about it. I received a letter from Bikleˊ the other day. He says so far he is making expenses, which he considers

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quite good for a novice in the Medical profession in Washington. He seems to be quite interested in his work and has high hopes of being able to purchase an automobile in the course of four or five years. I must write to him between this and Christmas. I intended to do so last night but something came in the way that I didn’t get around to it. Marion walks quite a lot now and tries very hard also to talk. She is the sweetest baby we have had yet, which is natural seeing she is a girl. I think we will have the children’s picture taken in time to send out for Christmas. But I must close for this time. With love from all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 4, 1913

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, dated December 4, 1913. Little describes family life with his wife and children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home in Bridgwater, Nova Scotia.