Bonnie Little to Candace Little, July 1, 1920
Edith Blanche Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
Media Type
Item Type
Handwritten letter from Edith "Bonnie" Little to her mother-in-law on July 1, 1920. Little wrote the letter while on vacation in Nova Scotia. She thanks Candace Little for a dress.
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
July 1, 1920
Width: 16.3 cm
Height: 26.4 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
Geographic Coverage
  • Nova Scotia, Canada
    Latitude: 44.55015 Longitude: -64.71547
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Bonnie Little to Candace Little, 1 July 1919 RG-102.13, File 1.22.2, 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

{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College

Waterloo, Ontario}

New Germany, N.S.

July 1st, 1920.

Dear Mother,

This is a borrowed pen, and a miserable one at that so I am afraid you won’t be able to read this scrawl. The dress arrived a day or so ago and I want to thank you and Jennie Lee for doing so much for me. It is a very pretty dress, and I appreciate it so much. If I could do such work, I would indeed be proud. Thank you ever and ever so much, and Jennie Lee too for the fine work she put on it. Both Pearl’s and Lenna’s letters came the first of the week. As soon as I get back to St. John I will try to get the information Pearl wants. The cottages at Leaside Park are just rough shacks, but it is a wonderful spot and I am going to enjoy my holiday there. I expect to leave here

(Page 2)

next Wednesday – came only for a few days – but will be here two weeks or more. We are having a grand time. Today we all intended motoring to Mahone but rain made that impossible – so we hope to have that trip tomorrow. For my own part I was glad of the rain for by tomorrow the doctor will probably be back in Mahone and it will make my day happier if he is there. Next week we have a trip planned with the [?]. Mr. [?] is the Bank Manager. He owns a fine car and is very generous about rides – so he has promised us a trip to Bridgewater. I have been busy ever since I came. The children were tired and cross from the trip, so they kept me busy. In between time I have picked strawberries. They are very plentiful and I keep the family supplied – I just love picking berries.

I am really ashamed to send such a dreadful looking letter, but it is the best I can do under the circumstances.

Love to all

[signed] Bonnie

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Bonnie Little to Candace Little, July 1, 1920

Handwritten letter from Edith "Bonnie" Little to her mother-in-law on July 1, 1920. Little wrote the letter while on vacation in Nova Scotia. She thanks Candace Little for a dress.