C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 3, 1919
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on September 3, 1919. Little requests a loan to cover the cost of his wife's trip to Nova Scotia.
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
September 3,1919
Width: 16.5 cm
Height: 25 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, 3 September 1919, RG-102.13, File 1.21.16, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc10
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

Waterloo, Ont.,

Sept. 3, 1919.

Dear Mother:

You will no doubt be surprised to receive another letter from me so soon. But the case is this way: Bonnie has again taken a great notion to go home this fall and I suppose I shall have to try to send her. So if you can lend me $50 or $75 I will try to arrange to let her go. I don’t think she will ever be satisfied till she does get off, and there is no question about her needing the rest and the change. I think probably I could get along with $60 as I will be getting $125 a month from this out and will also be getting something out of my preaching. I don’t want to borrow any more than I have to and would like to borrow it on 12 months time, though I would pay it back earlier if I could. I have just borrowed $25 from another source to help pay on my piano and life insurance and could probably have gotten more if I had known that I had to have it. I

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dislike going in debt when it is so difficult to get out again; but if you have this money and can spare it on a long term you may send it and I will pay it back as soon as I can. I think I can get a woman to keep house for me while she is away. Miss Blunck who was with us when the baby was born is at present at Prof. Lincke’s and could no doubt be secured. And if Bonnie must go home it would be better for her to do so now than to wait till next summer.

If you can conveniently lend me the money I would thank you for the favour. We had two new pupils to register this morning and several more are still to come and we are looking forward to the most prosperous year in the history of the institution. We have not yet started the Seminary department, as the few boys that are on the ground do not care to begin till the others come. Don’t think because you promised it that you must send me the money. I do not want it unless you can spare it without inconveniencing yourself.

Sincerely yours

[signed] C.H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 3, 1919

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on September 3, 1919. Little requests a loan to cover the cost of his wife's trip to Nova Scotia.