C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 29, 1916

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 29, 1916. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario. Little discusses the war, and the appointment of "pro-German" Rev. Larmartine in Montreal, Quebec.
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
Date of Original
Nov. 29, 1916
Width: 21 cm
Height: 27 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 November 1916, RG-102.13, File 1.18.7, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc8
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{St. Lawrence Lutheran Parish

Rev. Dr. C. H. Little, Pastor

Morrisburg, Ont.} Nov. 29, 1916

Dear Mother:

I will try to write you a few lines again to-night. We are at present having very wet weather. It does not rain hard, but there has been a steady drizzle for the last two days and nights and the temperature is very mild. This soft weather followed a cold snap that culminated on Sunday and made one feel that winter was already upon us. Since then, however, I have had a hard time holding the fire down low enough to keep us from steaming. I don’t know but I think I prefer the cold weather and the frost to the unseasonable warmth and the mud. But we will likely have a change again by the last of this week. Carolus said his teacher made out the honor roll to-day and that she told him that he headed the list this month. Herman is sending you in this letter some of his writing. I think he does quite as well as Carolus did at this time last year. He is a bright boy and is constantly picking up some new big word. The other day he said to his mother, “I know what ‘contradict’ means. If the teacher says some thing and I say ‘That’s not so”, that is contradicting.”

(Page 2)

Yesterday he came into the study and said “Father, I know what ‘interrupt’ means. If any body says anything and you speak in that is to interrupt”. I think he will make the honor roll this month too. Arthur heard them talking about the honor roll to-night and he said “I’m on father’s honor roll”. He is the heavy weight among the boys, short and stocky. He can talk about everything and is a great father boy. He is Minnie’s favorite. She is going away Friday morning. I have a girl coming Monday. If she proves satisfactory, as I think she will, it will cost us more but will relieve Bonnie more than Minnie was able to do. We are to pay the girl $2.50 a week. Bonnie put Robert in short dresses to-day and he seems to enjoy his new freedom. He is the most incessantly active lad we ever had. I think he resembles Carolus somewhat, at least he is built on Carolus’s lines – long and slender. Marion takes care of the baby a good deal and is quite a motherly little girl. She is so anxious to go to school that I think we will start her next fall. I ordered our Christmas Services this week and expect them here to-morrow or Friday.

(Page 3)

Carolus and Herman will probably take parts in them this year. Everything is so expensive that I’m afraid the children will have to do on small gifts this year. Eggs are selling here now at 50₵ a dozen. Dr. Bieber has been ordered by his superior Dr. Kunzmann to vacate Montreal and come to Phila by Jan. 1. He has applied, however, to be allowed to stay till Jan’y 21 in order to confirm his catechetical class. Dr. Kunzmann and the Board had provided Rev. Lamartine to take his place; but President Maurer proposes to protest the Rev. L’s coming as he is one of the pro-est of pro-Germans in Pa. and would kill the mission and perhaps get our whole synod into trouble. The Danes in Montreal have it in for the Germans and are even more bitter against them than the English are and it would never do to put a German minister in a congregation like that. In Ottawa the Danes generally are as a rule rather sympathetic with Germany. I wrote Herbert yesterday another proposition with reference to Ottawa and hope he will be able to see his way to accept it. He could try the thing out for four or five months

(Page 4)

and I think he would enjoy the work there. In the mean time if he didn’t want to stay long, we might be able to get a permanent pastor for Ottawa.

I see from the papers that it looks pretty bad for our latest ally Romania. It looks as though she would go the way of Belgium, Serbia, Montenegro and all the other small states of which we are the champions. But it isn’t our fault. We are doing the best we can for them. The Germans seem to be plying their submarine warfare with a vengeance again. We are living in hopes that they will still come to the breaking point with Uncle Sam. The English, however, are getting on their Zeppelin raids and these are likely to be fewer and far between in the future. How is Pastor Murray now. I hope his health is better and that he is getting along handsomely. Give him my kindest regards and best wishes. With love to one and all,

[page torn]

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Herbert + I read this one-


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C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 29, 1916

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 29, 1916. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario. Little discusses the war, and the appointment of "pro-German" Rev. Larmartine in Montreal, Quebec.