C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 3, 1924
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 3, 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; family finances; and the addition to the Seminary building.
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
Feb. 3, 1924
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
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  • 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 February 1924, RG-102.13, File 1.26.5, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc14
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, Ont.}, February 3rd, 1924.

Dear Mother:

Your most welcome letter of the 24th inst. was received some days ago and was, as you letters always are, much enjoyed. I was shocked, however, by the clipping enclosed giving an account of cousin [B?] Dove’s death. It made me very sad and I could hardly shake off the thought of it. My sincere sympathies go out to cousin [C?] and her family. I see Mr. Dove was 54 years of age, just about two years older than I am. I had an idea that he was somewhat younger than I. I see he was Secretary of State at the time of his death. He was running his campaign when I was down in N.C. the other summer and Aunt Cam mentioned that he had as an opponent a returned soldier and that his election was doubtful, but he must have made it. I was also quite sorry to hear of Aunt Sabina’s serious illness. I suppose by this time she is either buried or on the way to recovery, trust it may be the latter. I thought she looked quite well for her years, when I was down at their home the other summer. Uncle [C?], who must be some years older than she, was looking particularly hale and hearty. I always thought he had such a good-natured look about him – which was rather surprising in a teacher of the common public schools. I accept the Ante Nicene Fathers, with thanks on the conditions stated and don’t think I will have much trouble in retaining them. I

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expect to have 3 or 4 ministers among the boys of my family. I think all of them are inclined that way so far, and I shall do all in my power to help and encourage them to retain the institution. As so many boys in the College have the ministry in view this will also materially aid, as it will make it easy for them to go with the tide. I was down at St. John’s this morning. Pastor Roberts was just getting over a cold and was not feeling very well and asked me to take the Liturgy for him, which I did. I had not read it in the German for a long time, but got through with it all right. Prof. Schorten who was present told me I did fine. I am enclosing the last section of Mr. Jannau’s “Mad Years” and also a sermonette, which I did not preach, but prepared for the January number of the Canada Lutheran. I‘m not enclosing it because I am proud of it, but just thought you might be interested. Last Friday night we held another meeting of the Constitution Committee appointed by the Merger Committee of the two Synods and agreed on a constitution which we will present to the latter Committee at its next meeting which will be held sometime this month. I am glad to have that off my hands, as I am so busy with my teaching and study that I really have no time to devote to outside jobs. This week is going to be broken up too – by a skating party of the College and Seminary on Tuesday night and by our informal opening of Friday night at which latter Dr. Hoffmann, Prof. Willison and myself are supposed to make addresses. What I shall say I have no idea at this date. This afternoon the boys and I were over at the Seminary rink for a skate. The ice was fine and the weather mild – about 20° above zero – so that one could skate with comfort without an overcoat on. I enjoy it, but I get more tired that I used to – which, I take it, is a sign of increasing age. Bonnie complains a great deal of being

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tired and I am sure she works too hard; but she won’t let up and to hire anybody is altogether out of the question. So I don’t know how to help her in the matter. I got my cheque on Friday and paid up my bills and had a few dollars left over, but by the end of the month I will probably be as hard up as ever. It is very difficult to keep things going on $2000 a year in a family of our size. If I could only get some preaching to do now and then it would help out. Robert and I had a play at chess a while ago. It is generally ‘nip and tuck’ between us with a little advantage on his side, but to-night I became champion, taking two games out of three. Robert was promoted to the first class in his room in school last week. Eileen has a lot of friends in school – always boys and she has great times playing with them. Sometimes they come up to see her and at other times she goes to see them. The ground hog came out yesterday and as he didn’t see his shadow he presumably stayed out. So if he is any sign the worst of our winter should be over. Herman is taking Confirmation Class this year and is getting along very nicely with it and his school work. I have 4 of the children memorizing scripture passages and reciting them every Sunday morning. They generally have it ready before breakfast Sunday morning. Well, I have already gone beyond my usual limit and will close. With love to you one and all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 3, 1924

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 3, 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; family finances; and the addition to the Seminary building.