C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 25, 1913
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, dated December 25, 1913. Little describes the family's Christmas celebrations.
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 Kelsey Grant in 2012.
Date of Original
Dec. 25, 1913
Width: 21 cm
Height: 27 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, 25 December 1913, RG-102.13, File 1.15.17, 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

Christmas Day, 1913

Bridgewater, N.S

Dear Mother: -

As I didn’t have chance to write you last night owing to our Christmas Tree here at the Home, I will talk a part of this Christmas morning to answer your kind interesting received a few days ago. Before I forget it allow me to thank you for the dollar therein enclosed, which was spent rather extravagantly in adding to the numerous presents of our children. We had a beautiful tree just loaded with presents last night for all hands, the orphenes included. I received two small and one large box of cigars, a fine pair of bedroom slippers, a handsome sweater, a most delicious cake and two pairs of stockings. Bonnie receiving a ‘lovely’ bead purse with $2 in it from Minnie, also a string of the newest kind of beads (?), & fancy aprons and 10 handkerchiefs, $5 in gold from the Ladies Gild at Mahone Bay, a set of folding clothes hangers in leather initialed case, a ‘lovely’ ebony set of hair brush and comb, laced doilie, Ladies Home Journal, silver coin purse and chain, water wear picture, china, photos etc. Marion received no less than 4 dolls, 2 of them especially large and beautiful, a pair of fine shoes, gold pins, ball, horse and perhaps some other things that I don’t think of now. Herman got a sled, a cornet, a box of blocks, a whistle, a candy horse, a big ball, a woolly cap, a stuffed cat etc. Carolus received a sled, a pistol and caps, a box of nigger ten pins, an automobile,

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a woolly cap, a stuffed dog, a candy home, a rubber ball. Besides there there were candies, oranges, nuts etc galore. The children of the Home were also will remembered with many wise and useful gifts and with much candy and confectioning and fruits. I am sure they got a great deal more than the average family of children around this part of Nova Scotia. “Minnie” is with us. She came from St. John Tuesday, stayed over night at New Germany, and came down yesterday morning. She seems quite happy that she is back again in Nova Scotia. She is helping to stuff and roast the chickens this morning. She is looking quite well despite the fact that she says that she has had malaria almost the whole time she was away. Yesterday we had a wild storm with heavy wind and rain and snow. It was the most desperate storm we have had this fall and I was out in almost the whole of it. I had a funeral down at Rose Bay. I left here at about half past nine in the morning and it was nearly 7 o’clock in the evening when I got back. The distance both ways, was 36 miles. It has been a long time since I had a more disagreeable trip but I don’t feel as tired over it as I expected I would. To-day it is not raining but is dull and not very cold. The ground is bare some for patches of snow here and there, and I think it will be dull all day. But as we are not going out anywhere, it is just as well. We will have our feast in peace and quietness directly. Tuesday afternoon I took Mr. Weihnacht with me and we went off about 2 miles from here for a little rabbit hunt. It proved the best shooting I have had

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this season. I shot four rabbits and Mr. Weihnacht one. I shot another and knocked it over but when I went to pick it up, it suddenly recovered sufficiently to scramble off into the bushes and get out of sight. I also shot at a weasel but missed it. The rabbits we got were very large and fat and almost as white as snow which is the colour they assume here in the winter season. I want to go out for another hunt one day next week. Last Sunday I preached in the Rose Bay parish. That was another rainy day and I preached only once, the other churches not being after. It was Monday noon before I got back home. Next Sunday I will preach at Mahone Bay. I am also to take charge of their Christmas service on New Year’s Eve. The Rose Bay people are having theirs to-night and have asked Pastor Feltuly to take charge. I think they are considering the master of giving him a call. We were sorry to hear that Herbet’s are afflicted with scarlet fever. I hope they are getting better and that there will be no serious results from it. It is bad enough for the youngsters as it is to be quarantined over Christmas. I am sorry poor grandmother continues as she is. I remember her daily in my prayers. Your letter was missent to Bridgewater, N.C. Perhaps after this you had better put “Canada” after “Nova Scotia”. The letter was written plainly enough on the envelope. But I must close. Writing you all the blessings of the happy Christmas season, I am with love from us all,

Most Sincerely Yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 25, 1913

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, dated December 25, 1913. Little describes the family's Christmas celebrations.