C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 20, 1924
Description
Creators
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 20, 1924. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; the weather; construction of the addition to the Seminary building; and communion service at St. John's Lutheran Church.
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 July 2013.
Date of Original
Jan. 20, 1924
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.26.3
Collection
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
English
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 January 1924, RG-102.13, File 1.26.3, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc14
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College Waterloo, Ont.,} Jan’y 20, 1924.

Dear Mother:

The time has come around again that I should write to you and I will get on to the job, though I really don’t have much news to write about. We are having a taste of real winter weather again. I don’t know what the thermometer registered this morning, though it was probably 10 or 12° below zero; and I doubt if it reached zero all day to-day. The temperature was marked by high wind which made the cold all the more penetrating, and there is still quite a gale to-night. However I have such a good fire on to-day that it has been as warm all day as summer time inside the house. The children and I were out awhile this afternoon on the Seminary rink, but didn’t skate very long – not because it was too cold but because there was too much snow on the ice for good skating. We had communion in our Church this morning, but although the pastor has been preaching lately against the custom of once-a-year communion there were only about 40 out of 1000 or more that communed. From the confessional turn-out last night there will be only 5 or 6 more to-night at the English communion. The past will find that he can’t change old customs in a day – at least not in an old established congregation like St. John’s. Carolus didn’t want to be among the few and so he stayed after Sunday School for the German service and took communion in the German this morning with me. It was so

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cold to-night that only Bonnie and Herman went to Church. They have not got back yet. The children and I spent a good part of the afternoon playing games of various kinds. Robert had been champion in chess nearly all week, but I beat him 2 games out of 3 this afternoon and now I am champion. We didn’t move into the new Seminary building last week as it wasn’t quite ready, but we expect to get into it next week, perhaps this week yet, though we have set the formal opening for the second week in February. The building with the addition makes a very imposing appearance and the interior is well appointed. I am enclosing again some more “Mad Years”. Mr. Jannau is fully convinced of the stupidity of the Germans, which does not render his writings particularly acceptable around here. He claims, however, to write from what came under his personal experience. Herman and his mother have just got back from Church and report that there were only three at English communion to-night. The pastor will have to do considerable preaching I am thinking before he effects a change. He is inclined to preach too long, though this morning he was agreeably short, which was the best that I can say of his sermon. I am not impressed with him as a preacher and still less as a Theologian, though he has his good points and I am inclined to be charitable. I would like to hear from you as soon as possible concerning the books I wrote you about last week. Well, I must close. With love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 20, 1924


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 20, 1924. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; the weather; construction of the addition to the Seminary building; and communion service at St. John's Lutheran Church.