C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 2, 1924
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 6, 1921. 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; Reformation services; reading the bible; and the United States Presidential election.
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
Nov. 2, 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, 2 November 1924, RG-102.13, File 1.26.21, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc16
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.} Nov. 2, 1924.

Dear Mother:

As I am not particularly busy this afternoon I will seize the opportunity thus afforded to write you a few lines again. October has come and gone. It sustained its reputation of being one of the finest months in the year in this latitude. It was fine and warm and dry throughout this year. November bids fair to be much rougher. It opened up yesterday with a heavy wind, but still fairly warm. To-day, however, was cold with snow-flurries off and on at intervals. As all the leaves are off the trees now we may look for fairly cold weather from this out. I was down at St. John’s to Church this morning. The pastor preached a Reformation sermon from the text Jer. 13:23. But it was rather from the text than on it; for he never referred to it or quoted it after he announced it. His sermon was all right as far as it went, but was altogether too negative, consisting of nothing but a denunciation of the Roman Catholic Church. Personally I didn’t get much out of it as I was convinced before he began that he Catholic Church is ein Mahr und ein Parder i.e, an Ethiopian and a leopard. To-night our next door neighbour Prof. Hirtle will hold forth. Bonnie and the boys will go down, but I will stay at home and keep house. To-night there will be a joint Reformation service at Preston, the congregation of the United Canada Synod at Hamilton, Kitchener, Guelph, Hespeler, Galt and Preston taking part in it. Prof. Zinck is to be the chief

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speaker. Next Sunday evening there will be a mass-celebration – not a celebration of mass – of the Lutherans in Kitchener and Waterloo in the Lyric Theatre of Kitchener. Dr. Wentz of the Gettysburg Theol. Seminary will deliver the address. I heard him once. He is quite a brilliant speaker. The Faculties of our Institution are to have positions of state on the platform and it will probably be a memorable affair. The delegates of the U.L.C. Convention are all back again, though I haven’t seen Dr. Maurer as yet. But I saw Dr. Oberlander who stopped over here with his sister, mother of our Dr. Potter, on his way back to New York. He was enthusiastic over the convention, but as he belongs to the General Synod wing I took this commendation cum grano solis. However, I trust it was a successful convention. Our work in the Seminary is progressing. I was reminded of this fact by the calling of a joint faculty meeting the other day to fix the time for the Christmas recess. Owing to the date in the week on which Christmas falls we will have two full weeks of holidays this year; but I guess we can stand it. But really I am never happier than when I am engaged in my regular work. I have just finished reading the O.T. through this year, the 12th time in ten years. I am on my hundredth time for the N.T. in the same period; and have besides read the Greek N.T through twice this year, making the 23rd time since 1901. In addition to this I have done my regular work and read many books along theological lines. I am at present wading through a German work on Biblical Theology of quite an extensive scope. So you see I manage to keep busy. Tuesday will be your big election day. I hope you will be more successful than we were on the 23rd of last month. I suppose you will vote for Davis. He is the best looking man of the bunch; but I think La Fallette is the ablest and the smartest. The impression over here is that Coolidge

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is President only in name, Melon being the power behind the throne. Coolidge will probably be elected, but he is probably the weakest President the U.S. ever had. To-morrow a week will be our Thanksgiving Day. It too will be a holiday. The S.S. Convention has been fixed for Guelph that day, but I don’t think I will attend. I think I can celebrate better elsewhere. Out little Catharine can run and walk and go up stairs as well as the other children now and can carry a load as big as herself. She can call all the children by name and play in their games of hide and seek and say ‘ready’ with the next one. She is a beautiful, affectionate little thing and is of a very happy disposition. Dr. and Mrs. Willison just phoned and proposed to take Bonnie and me to Preston to-night. The invitation was such a surprise that we decided without loss of time to accept it and go. Well, as we will have to get an early supper and it is getting late, I will close for this time. With much love, I am

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 2, 1924

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 6, 1921. 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; Reformation services; reading the bible; and the United States Presidential election.