C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 14, 1914
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 14, 1914. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their three 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
Jan.14, 1914
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 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, 14 January 1914, RG-102.13, File 1.16.1, 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.,

Jan’y 14,1914.

Dear Mother:

I don’t know what sort of weather you are experiencing just now, but we are having a taste of real winter. It has been cold ever since Sunday. Monday we had a lively little snow storm, and while it did not last very long and only gave us 3 or 4 inches of snow yet the condition of the ground was such that it made very good sleigh roads and I have been driving the sleigh for the last two days on all trips. Last night the thermometer touched the zero mark and I think it will do a little better to-night. It has been down around zero every night since Sunday. I took Carolus with me to Mahone Bay Sunday. We had a cold drive coming back home that night but he didn’t mind it and wants to go with me again Sunday. But as I go to Feltzen South, which is 20 miles away I don’t think I will take him. He is out playing with his sled nearly all day and enjoys the snow and the cold. Herman tries it every once in a while but is soon in the house again generally crying on account of the cold. “Minnie” was with us till to-day. She left this evening for

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New Germany. She said she didn’t think she would get back this winter, but I think she will for all. Bonnie was up home for the day last Friday. She didn’t find the boys at all well. Harold is going down grade pretty fast. He has frequent bad spells and stoppage of the bowels and has to take morphine almost constantly. I am afraid the poor fellow can not last very long. Lynton’s sore from the operation has not healed up and another spot is developing on his leg. The doctor says he is tubercular also.

We had our Pastoral Association Monday and had a very pleasant time and an elaborate dinner at Pastor Buchholtz’s. All the pastors were present but Pastor Nonamaker who had a funeral that day. As Minnie was here, Bonnie was able to be present also without taking the baby. The pastors appointed to have papers did not perform their duty – one being absent and the other unprepared. But we discussed a number of practical matters, so that our meeting was not altogether in vain or devoid of profit. And anyway we had an enjoyable day of it. I received a letter yesterday from a pastor at Watertown, N.Y., who inquired about vacancies in our Synod and said he desired to make a change. But just at present things

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are tied up in our vacant parishes. Mahone Bay has resolved to call a student from the Senior class at Mt. Airy recommended by Dr. Jacobs, and I have communicated the resolution to him. He will not be open to a call before Feb’y 24, and I don’t know whether he will accept it then or not. But anyway we can do nothing until he decides. The Rose Bay people held a meeting last week with the purpose and intention of extending a call to Pastor Fettely, but I have not heard whether they did so or not. So I couldn’t give Pastor Brandt any very definite information. But I asked him to await developments for a short time.

I am quite busy just now with my sermon work, Orphans’ Home work and editorial work on the Nova Scotia Lutheran. I haven’t done much on this latter yet for January and the month is fast fleeting. Our Board meeting too is coming on rapidly and I will have to get out a report for that. I haven’t even had time to go rabbit shooting for the past week.

Herman was playing the other night with my hand satchel and he said “I am so happy”. After awhile he got it shut and wanted me to open it. I was busy and told him I couldn’t just them. And he said, “Now I’m not so happy.” Of course, I opened it for him.

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Marion had been sucking nights yet till this week and as it was weakening to Bonnie and not doing Marion any good she decided to wean her. She cried good and hard for about half an hour and I took her in my arms and pacified her and she slept all right. The next morning I said, Marion you will never want to suck “titty” any more, will you? She shook her head and said “No”, and ever after that she replied the same way and what is more stuck to it. But she wants to sleep in my arms all the time and won’t sleep against her mother. She is a great father baby – quite as much so as the boys. Don’t mind the mark you see at this place on the page. It is the clinography of one or more of your grand children. But I must close, as it is getting late. With love to all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little


Say to Arthur Moser that the Teco vase came to hand in due time and in perfect condition, and filled the bill completely. I sent him the money for it the other day but did not have time to write anything as I fixed it up while down town.


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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 14, 1914

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 14, 1914. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their three children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.