C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 2, 1914
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on September 2, 1914. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children. He also describes his work as a Lutheran pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. The family is preparing for their move to Morrisburg, Ontario.
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
Sept. 2, 1914
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
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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, 2 September 1914, RG-102.13, File 1.16.4, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc7
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text



Bridgewater, N.S.,}

Sept. 2, 1914.

Dear Mother:

Your most welcome and interesting letter was received a few days ago and we all enjoyed it very much. Both Bonnie and Arthur are getting along as fine as possible. Bonnie expects to be up to stay up to-morrow. She never was in such fine shape before. And the dear little baby is too sweet and good for anything. He is growing fast and is very strong and takes a wonderful interest in things. All of us think the world of him. Marion wants to kiss his “dear little mouth” every time she comes near him. She thinks she is quite a girl now. . I take her up stairs and put her to bed with Carolus and she goes to sleep alone. Every evening she comes around and kneels down and says “Father, I want to pray the Lord”, or “I want to lay me down to sleep”, and she requires very little assistance to say the prayer. The dollar you enclosed for Arthur reached us in safety and has been placed to the young man’s credit. In his name I thank you for it. I enclosed some U. S. stamps, I think, in the letter you referred to. I get a stamp every once in a while in letters where a reply is desired, and

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as we can’t use them over here, I thought I might as well send them where they could do service. I am enclosing one in this letter. I will send you a copy of last month’s Nova Scotia Lutheran if I can secure an extra copy. In it you will find an editorial on the war, which will give you my views on the subject. It is a terrible affair. It seems to be Germany against the world. But so far Germany seems to have been able to give a pretty good account of herself. Bro. Maurer’s oldest boy Carl had enlisted, much to Pastor Maurer’s sorrow as his sympathies are the other way. We expect to be at Morrisburg by the second Sunday in October. Pastor McCreery is coming to Dunbar, which is only six miles away, on the same Sunday. So we three will be close neighbours again. Morrisburg is about 1000 miles to the westward from here. It is a town of 3000 or 4000 inhabitants, is right on the St. Lawrence and is a rather pretty place. It is about 90 miles from Montreal. I do not know whether it is nearer Hickory, N.C. than Bridgewater is or not. But it will have this advantage that my letters from Hickory will not go first to Bridgewater, N.C. before they start for Canada, as is

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now almost invariably the case. The winters, I judge, are somewhat colder at Morrisburg, but I don’t think the spring is quite so late or the fall any earlier. I don’t know who will take charge of the Nova Scotia Lutheran when I leave. As soon as I can get the brethren to-gether, I will hand in my various resignations. I imagine Pastor Weaver will get the Editorship, perhaps also the presidency. Mrs. Weaver hasn’t decided definitely about the Home, but the prospects are that she will like it. But whoever does, it is going to be a hard pull with the present war prices prevailing. Flour has dropped a little but is still $7.00 a barrel, sugar is 8₵, rice 7₵, steak 20₵, and other things in proportion. I am shorter of money now than I have been in a long time. We had our first cabbage to-day and first cucumbers only a few days ago. There will be no roasting ears this year. Some of the apples are fit for pies and for stewing now. We are having rain again to-day and the weather continues cool. I would have been glad to see Bro. Crouse. I imagine he has aged considerably, as his health was never too good. If he is still around remember me kindly to him. We all send love With best wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 2, 1914

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on September 2, 1914. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children. He also describes his work as a Lutheran pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. The family is preparing for their move to Morrisburg, Ontario.