C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 16, 1924
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 16, 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; Pastor Roberts of St. John's Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Ontario; and weekly lectures hosted by the local Y.M.C.A.
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
March 16, 1924
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 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, 16 March 1924, RG-102.13, File 1.26.11, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc14
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College Waterloo, Ont.,} March 16, 1924.

Dear Mother:

Just a few words again to-night. I have just got back from First English Church, Kitchener where I preached for Dr. Maurer. It was the first sermon I hadpreached for months – so long ago that I had almost forgotten how to preach, but I got through with it fairly well, as well probably as could be expected from the time I had for preparation and from the uninspiring size of the congregation. There were about a hundred out I suppose. I gave them a Lenten sermon on Rev. 3:19-20. I had, however, some distinguished individuals in my audience, 3 ministers, including Dr. Maurer and Principal Willison, 1 Professor and 1 Dr. of Medicine. I am to preach there again the first Sunday in April to help Dr. Maurer out. I was down at St. John’s this morning. Pastor Roberts took for his text, Matt. 4:1 and then announced that he wasn’t going to preach on the temptation of Christ, but on our temptations, which doesn't seem to me to be a very respectful way of treating the Word of God. However, after hearing his introduction I was glad he didn’t attempt to preach on the temptation of Christ.

Last Tuesday night we Seminary professors that belong to St. John’s went down and appeared before the Council of the congregation to settle our status

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as members. There were various rumors going the rounds that we refused to support the local work of the congregation as we paid only on the red side of the envelope. We told them that that was the understanding we had when we joined the congregation, but that it was false that we refused to give for local purposes and that we were quite ready to divide our offering if it was so desired. The outcome was that we were to act as any other layman in the matter. The whole thing, I think, was due to Pastor Roberts’ attitude as nothing was ever said and no fault was ever found with the arrangement until recently. I think Pastor Roberts’ conscience smote him, for I received a note from him yesterday expressing regret for the occurrence and hoping that it would soon be forgotten. Personally I have no fault to find. In fact I have never taken any part in any of the congregational meetings on account of my dubious status and only attended one at the then pastor’s request since I’ve been here. However, I have now divided my offering and am giving enough on the local side to entitle me and my wife to a vote and I intend to take advantage of it after this if things don’t go as I think they ought.

The Y.M.C.A. of Kitchener have been having lectures every Sunday for several Sundays by the Dean of Semite Languages and Literature in Toronto University. He is one of the most radical of negative critics and has wholly removed the prophetic element out of the O.T. Scriptures together with the Pentateuch which is wholly a forgery. Next Sunday he is going to deal with Jesus Christ and it is pretty easy to imagine what he will do with Him. I intend going down next Sunday to hear him at first hand. I think it is a very

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bad policy in the “Y” to bring such lecturers before the immature boys and young men who compose the organization. It can only result in the dissemination of skepticism of the most insinuating kind. I never did have much use for the Y.M.C.A. and have still less for it now. We are having it quite cold yet. The thermometer ranges around zero nearly every night, but the days are fine and bright and in spite of the cold the snow is going away gradually. The tops of hills are already bare though in my garden the snow is still 3 or 4 feet deep. Cutters are the only vehicles that pass as yet though the automobiles are getting nearer and nearer to the Seminary and will probably be able to make it in a few days. The Board is planning on putting up a dwelling for Prof. Hirtle next to us on Albert St., in which event I will have to give up about a third of my garden. But I will probably still have enough left to work. I still have a little cider left in my barrel, but it is getting extremely low. I’m afraid it won’t last much longer. I will soon start another brew of beer, which I don’t bother with in the winter time. Well, I must close for this time. With love to all, I am

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 16, 1924

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 16, 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; Pastor Roberts of St. John's Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Ontario; and weekly lectures hosted by the local Y.M.C.A.