Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 3, 1917
Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 3, 1917. Little describes family life, the 1917 federal election, the war, and the arrest of Rev. H. A. Sperling.
Carroll Herman Little (1872-1958) was a Lutheran pastor, and a professor and administrator at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (now Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) 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. 3, 1917
Width: 20 cm
Height: 26 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, 3 December 1917, RG-102.13, File 1.19.3, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc8
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

Waterloo, Ont.,

Dec. 3, 1917

Dear Mother:

Your very welcome and most interesting letter was received this morning and read with much pleasure. It is already late, but I will stay up a half hour or so and give you at least a brief reply. To make up for my own brevity I am enclosing a letter from Carolus and some verses written by Herman. The boys seem to be both making good at school and like to go. They have been assigned pieces also for the English Christmas Service in St. John’s. The baby was quite sick for several days from cutting his eye teeth but is better again though still quite weak. While I think of it Bonnie says I should ask you if there is any news from Herminie. We are having cold weather now but bright and fine. I am all but out of coal again but have the promise of a ton for tomorrow. I borrowed $50 in order to pay for coal; so that as soon as it comes in again I will be able to lay in a little supply. The cost of it is $9.50 per ton. You are worse off in many respects than we are. We are not restricted as yet as to the amount of sugar or anything else we may purchase except as prices restrict

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us. We use a great deal of corn meal, but even that is very expensive 5₵ per lb. We still have an occasional cake, which I presume you have cut out entirely. This war business is rather expensive and I imagine many of the American people will wish before it is over that the United States hadn’t embarked on such a luxurious undertaking. We Canadians will have an opportunity to pronounce to some extent on the subject on Dec. 17. The government is making a mighty effort to carry this riding and the big manufacturing interests are bringing pressure to bear on their employees, but with what effect only the election will disclose. They are threatening to close down and remove their plants from Kitchener if the people do not elect a union representative. Kitchener and Waterloo are said to be for their size the greatest manufacturing centre on the continent. The Rev. Dr. Sperling who was arrested some time ago and threatened with internment was released by the Ottawa authorities last week, there being no case against him. He preached in his church again Sunday. If he hadn’t gotten off the congregation intended to call on me to supply them. This congregation is independent but very large and very wealthy. They have a communicant membership of over 2000 -the largest Lutheran Church in Canada.

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They have also a fine large Church, beautiful chimes and an Italian marble altar that cost $10000. I was sorry to hear of Rev. Murray’s resignation. It will be many a day before the congregation will find his equal as a preacher. I wonder where he intends to go? It never occurred to me that last Thursday was American thanksgiving day. I have lost track of American holidays. Our Thanksgiving Day was Oct. 8. Extend to Pearl our hearty congratulations over her success in carrying off the prize for musical composition. She must be quite an expert and should soon be able to turn her talent into money. I hope she will not be frightened out of her wits in responding to the speech of presentation. She should feel that she is as good as any of the rest of them or a little better, or she would not have taken the prize. I am getting along very nicely with my work and enjoy it more and more every day. But I must close for this time. With much love from us all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 3, 1917

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 3, 1917. Little describes family life, the 1917 federal election, the war, and the arrest of Rev. H. A. Sperling.