C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 1916 [partial letter]
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Description
Creators
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Partial handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, in December 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, and the leadership of Dr. Laury at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada.
Notes
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
Dec. 1916
Dimensions
Width: 21 cm
Height: 27 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.18.7-1
Collection
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
English
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, December 1916, RG-102.13, File 1.18.7-1, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc8
Contact
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}

time as I told her after she had bought her ticket and as she found out in Montreal. I got a girl by going after her on Monday of this week. But I don't know how long she will stay as she is rather homesick, and besides she is so ignorant and uncouth that Bonnie is not inclined to keep her any way. Bonnie thinks now that she will send the washing out, hire someone to come in and keep the children on Sunday mornings and try to get along without a girl. I don't know yet, however, what arrangements we will make.

Carolous and Herman both headed the honor roll in their classes in November as you will see from the lists Carolus has made out in his letter which I am enclosing. The mumps are around here now and Ryerson Casselman has them. As the boys were with him about the time he broke out with them they are liable to take them almost anytime. If they do, that will put them back somewhat in their school work as they keep them out three weeks after they are over them. The whooping cough also is around in a few places. If they should get that it would be worse still. One of our neighbor women

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maintains that our children had the whooping cough last winter, but I don't think so, though they had colds that hung on for quite a while. I am waiting to hear from Herbert on the last proposition I made him in re of supplying Ottawa. I received a letter from Dr. Kunzmann in which he said any arrangements I could make with Herbert would be satisfactory to him. So I hope he will come to Ottawa at Easter and stay for the summer, which I think would be profitable both for him and the Ottawa Mission. I am afraid our Seminary is going to be “up against it” in the near future. Our Synod is too small to maintain it by itself and Dr. Laury has so antagonized the Germans of the Canada Synode that they are lukewarm if not actually hostile to it. I received a cared to-night from Dr. Hoffman, Pres. of the Canada Synod, on which he says, “Our Seminary cause is actually suffering on account of the unwise and uncharitable attitude of some” and adds, “I have been looking and working for a union of the Canadian Lutheran forces, at least those of the Gen. Council, but am afraid a deep chasm has been created”. The trouble with Dr. Laury, who is quite

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a capable man is that he allows his anti-German prejudices to get the better of him, and never misses an opportunity of pitching into the Germans. If he continues there longer than this year the Germans will no doubt pull out and we will have a white elephant on our hands. I am sorry that he is not more tactful and judicious, but he leaves the impression especially among the German brethren that he is more interested in building up Canadian patriotism than in serving the Lutheran Church and that he would rather fight the Germans than the devil. It wouldn’t be so bad if the Germans were a small body as we are and we a large body as they are. But as they are paying three or four times as much toward the Seminary as we are, it is a very unprofitable business to go out of one’s way to alienate them. Dr. Kunzmann wrote me that Rev. Lamartine was coming to Montreal in spite of any protest Pastor Maurer might make and that he (Dr. K) was confident that Rev. L would prove satisfactory and would not exhibit any anti-Ally tendencies. For my part I am not disposed to interfere. Well, I must close and not take up too much paper for one letter. With love I am

Most sincerely yours, [signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 1916 [partial letter]


Partial handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, in December 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, and the leadership of Dr. Laury at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada.