C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 23, 1915

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 23, 1915. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children; his work as Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario; the family's preparations for Christmas; and politics in the United States.
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. 23, 1915
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.9001 Longitude: -75.18261
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, 23 December 1915, RG-102.13, File 1.17.8, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc7
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

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Dec. 23, 1915.

Dear Mother:

I don’t remember whether I received your letter last week before or after I wrote you, but I suppose that makes very little difference. I was sorry to hear of Uncle Julius’s death, though, on account of his long illness, it was not altogether unexpected. Give my hearty sympathies to Aunt Ca[?] and the family when you see them. I wrote a note to Rosalie after I received your letter. We are having beautiful weather now and it promises to be exceptionally fine for Christmas. It is not very cold and there is plenty of snow and the sleighing is unusually good. With practices for the Christmas Services and my other work I have been quite busy this week. We will have our tree in the lower Church on Christmas eve, and the one here on Christmas night. As Christmas comes so near Sunday this year I will not hold any Church service on Christmas day, but will have my regular Christmas Service on Sunday following together with communion in both Churches and confirmation in St. John’s Church. I would

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have written you last night, but Mr. Hirtle came yesterday and I had a wedding also here in the parsonage last night. This prevented me from writing for the time being but it brought in a fee of $5.00 for Bonnie. She bought a turkey yesterday for Christmas dinner and she and Minnie baked the fruit cake some time ago. I got a card from Clarence announcing the shipment of a box of cigars to me at Waddington, N.Y., and I think I will go over there to-day for them. I have already received a small box from my father-in-law. Carolus is in both the Christmas services – the one here and the one in St. John’s. He went down with me night before last to practice. I think he will do all right this time. He brought his “fancy book” home Tuesday. He certainly does neat work in making “notes, etc.” It is a sort of kindergarten work in which the children take great interest. Mr. Hirtle is going to make my Christmas address for me and will also probably preach for me Sunday night. This will relieve me somewhat. Pastor Maurer was around the other day and wanted to know if I had heard from Herbert yet. Tell him to make up his mind as soon as possible, and we hope it will be favorable

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to Ottawa. It is, I think, a great opening for a young man with excellent prospects of working up to something fine.

I received the copy of the Cal[?] Lutheran you sent me. The article by Miss Setzer was good and while it contained nothing particularly new to me, it was well written and exhibited discriminating judgement. I haven’t yet read all of President Wilson’s speech from the throne for want of time, but I read the parts particularly bearing upon the war. I am not surprised that such a pro-German Professor as Herbert is resolved not to vote for President Wilson. We all send you our heartiest wishes for a blessed and happy Christmas. I think Bonnie sent some little tokens to some of you. Hope you will not have to pay customs duties on them. But I must close here. With all good wishes I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 23, 1915

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 23, 1915. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children; his work as Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario; the family's preparations for Christmas; and politics in the United States.