C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 20, 1918

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 20, 1918. Little describes his family life, gardening, the war, and the resignation of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary President Preston Laury.
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
April 20, 1918
Width: 20.5 cm
Height: 26 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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, 20 April 1918, RG-102.13, File 1.20.1, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc9
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

Waterloo, Ont.,

April 20, 1918.

Dear Mother:

As it has been just a week since I wrote you last I will try to give you a few lines again to-night. I have just got back from Prof. Lincke’s where we had another session over the German English Catechism of the Canada Synod and as I was anxious to finish up the job I stayed over till late. Hence I haven’t a great deal of time before the hour of retiring in which to write and will therefore have to be more or less brief. We have been having quite spring like weather again for a few days with now and then April showers, and I have been very busy digging in my garden and planting seed. The garden is a large one – the biggest I have ever had – and has to be spaded up first; which is rather slow work. However, I have been getting along quite famously and have about half of it spaded and the following seeds planted, to wit: Lettuce, onions, pease, cabbage, salsify, parsnips, and perhaps one or two other things that I don’t remember just now. I intend to plant yet corn, beans, cucumbers, cauliflower, potatoes, pumpkins and leeks and endives. If

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they all do well we ought to be able to live through the summer and fall at any rate. We have raspberry bushes and strawberries also in the garden and rhubarb. The garden should be a great help to us in these hard times when they are putting new regulations and restrictions on everything which we have to buy. It is terrific the way things are going up in price. I don’t see how common people are going to live much longer at the rate things are going. I thought it was about the last straw this week when tobacco took a jump. On a 45₵ can less than two weeks ago the price I had to pay the other day was 55₵. And so it is on everything. But I suppose we shouldn’t complain, seeing it is all supposed to be for the good of the cause. I preached last Sunday night in St. Matthews Church, Kitchener and will receive $5 for the service when it comes in. Next Sunday I am to supply for Dr. Hoffemann in Toronto. I will probably get $10 for that, which will give me 5 dollars or a little better clear. Every little helps in these [?] times when money goes so short a distance in purchasing power. Dr. Laury, who is at present engaged in the service of the war commission, has sent in his resignation as President of the Colleges and Dean of the Seminary to the President of the Board. The Board will hold its meeting

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to act on the resignation here on May 7. It will undoubtedly be accepted. I don’t know what they will do to fill the vacancy thus created. They may offer me the job. I am not anxious for it, as I would rather be free from the responsibility it involves, but if they offer it I will not push it away. On the other hand I will not make any move toward it or feel disappointed if it should not come my way. The chiefly desirable thing about it would be the increase in salary which would be most acceptable. I had my doubts when Dr. Laury left as to whether he would ever be back again, as he took all his books and belongings with him and left nothing behind. But he never said anything. He is as close in that respect as your ex-pastor Murray is. The Board will have to secure two new men next year, one for the College and one for the Seminary; and owing to war conditions the prospects are not very bright for either of these institutions. It seems that this terrible war daily grows worse and more burdensome. I sometimes wonder how long the nations are going to stand for it. Carolus is well again. I doubt if he had the mumps. I think it was only trouble of a glandular

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nature due to a cold. We are still keeping the children home, but none of them have shown any symptoms or sign of the mumps. They are having great times playing out in the yard these days. Even Robert is out nearly all day. Our grass is green and almost in need of mowing and the trees are beginning to bud out. The birds keep up a regular chorus in our spruce grove, but we haven’t the variety of birds that we had at Morrisburg. Here we have only blackbirds and robins. Bonnie received the music Pearl sent her and thinks it very fine. She will write Pearl in a day or two. She is through with house cleaning now except the cellar which she proposes to do yet this week. But I must close. With love to all, I am

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 20, 1918

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 20, 1918. Little describes his family life, gardening, the war, and the resignation of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary President Preston Laury.