C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 29, 1915
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 29, 1915. Little describes Christmas celebrations with his wife Bonnie and their four children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in 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
Dec. 29, 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, 29 December 1915, RG-102.13, File 1.17.9, 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

Full Text





Dec. 29, 1915.

Dear Mother:

Your kind letter was received in due season and read with pleasure, and I want to thank you again for your handsome present of five dollars contained in it. I took the liberty of putting that on my present to Bonnie – a writing desk which cost $10. We received presents almost innumerable. I can’t begin to tell you of them all. So I will leave that for Bonnie to write who has more of a mind for details. But I will say for myself that I received altogether three boxes of cigars, $10 in cash from St. John’s congregation, and a nice private communion set from Bonnie. We had our first Christmas Service in St. John’s Christmas eve. The weather was fairly cold and owing largely to prevalence of la grippe, the congregation was not very large, but we had a nice service and realized $7.00 in offerings for the Orphans’ Home. Carolus was down, took part and acquitted himself quite creditably. Saturday started off a typical Christmas day with a wild snow storm. In the afternoon, however, it began to rain and kept it till late in the night – when it turned colder and snowed some more. It was a desperate night for our service here and only a few were out but the collections amounted to $7.25 for the Home. Carolus spoke here also and did remarkably well. On the 22nd we had a wedding here in the parsonage which brought Bonnie $5 – enough to pay for my present.

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Sunday was fine and somewhat colder. I had my regular Church Christmas Service with communion on Sunday in both Churches. The attendance, however, was small in both cases. In St. John’s I had confirmation and confirmed a class of four, two boys and two girls. In the evening Mr. Seward Hirtle preached for me here. So I got off pretty light that day. We had a big turkey dinner on Christmas day, and a man who attends the lower Church brought me a present of two fat fowls which made us a dinner Sunday and Monday. The children were well provided with presents, candies, nuts, etc., and we had a beautiful [?] tree for them which they very much enjoyed. The weather has been the mildest for Christmas time that they have had around here for years, they say. But to-day it became quite cold and a fine snow started in again to-night. Bonnie and I and Mr. Hirtle were down in the lower congregation for tea and just got back a few moments ago. Mrs. Casselman is still alive but that is about all. I was up to see her Monday night. She couldn’t raise her head off her pillow then. I don’t think she can last many days yet. Mr. Hirtle is still with us and seems to be enjoying himself. We were fortunate in getting the loan of a maid during the holidays – an English girl Hannah Jones by name. Her mistress went away for a couple of weeks and wanted us to keep her till she came back. She is a most excellent can capable girl and is fond of children. It has helped us out considerably in this busy time. The other morning Marion hit Herman on the head with her little flat iron

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raising a lump. Herman came up to me crying about it and I didn’t pay much attention. Finally he said “Father, if I were father and you were a little boy, and Marion hit you like that I’d give her the dickens.” I couldn’t resist the appeal for justice so pointedly made, and did. We received it seemed hundreds of post cards and greetings though I didn’t write many owing to the excessive postage. We appreciated very much the handsome number of the [?] Mabel sent us. I took the paper up till last fall, but found it too dear to continue it. I received Herbert’s letter. I was sorry he could not make up his mind to consider Ottawa seriously and so was President Maurer who said he would like to have had him; but if there is prospect of his reaping the fruit of his labors at Lenoir, it would be a pity for him to lose it at this date. I trust you all had a very enjoyable Christmas and we certainly wish you a blessed and happy New Year. With love and all good wishes I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 29, 1915

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 29, 1915. Little describes Christmas celebrations with his wife Bonnie and their four children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario.