C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 14, 1925
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 14, 1925. 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; reading the bible; and scarlet fever.
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 2013.
Date of Original
Nov. 14, 1925
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
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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, 14 November 1925, RG-102.13, File 1.27.18, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc17
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{The Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada} Waterloo, Ontario, Canada} Nov. 14, 1925

Dear Mother:

As I am leaving for Hamilton this afternoon I thought I had better write you a few lines before I go, as it is not always convenient to write when one is away from home. I expect to get back from Hamilton to-morrow night, but it will be high midnight before I arrive and too late for letter writing. We had a very wet week since I wrote you last. It rained nearly every day. Last night, however, the rain let up and it became colder and very windy. To-day the wind is still high and it looks for snow. But this is not exceptional for November weather. I am reminded by the date at the head of this letter that one week from to-day you will celebrate your 77th birthday. As this is the last opportunity I have before the arrival of that anniversary I wish to assure you of my congratulations and desire to wish you health and strength and joy of living and many happy returns of you natal day. I feel sure from your appearance last summer that you are bearing the ever increasing weight of years gracefully. May the good Lord bless you in every way and make the evening

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of your life pleasant in every particular! Last Thursday night we had a sort of social affair in the Seminary, the occasion being the presentation of prizes won by the boys on Field Day. Carolus received as third prize on a jumping contest a safety razor. He does not need it just yet, but it will keep and will probably come in useful some day. Nearly all the boys brought out girls that night. Even Herman came in boldly with one; at which, when his mother heard thereof, she was quite dismayed, but not so much as when Carolus started out. I think that by the time Arthur branches out she will have become so accustomed to the situation as to be quite reconciled to it. Carolus and one of his student friends brought their girls in after the affair was over and played games here at home till bed-time. Little Catharine, who was sick when I wrote you last week is perfectly well again and as lively as ever. I got her a pair of shoes yesterday with rubber heels, of which she is quite proud. When she went to bed last night she began to cry and when we sent up to find what the trouble was she said “Ruth might take my shoes.” When assured that she wouldn’t she went to sleep as usual. Bonnie is busy putting in her spare time making Christmas presents. Eileen is getting along fine in school and makes

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a hundred nearly every time in adding. I give her “questions” every night and showed her how to do it accurately and quickly and I think she can beat anybody in her room now in arithmetic. There is a great deal of scarlet fever in Kitchener just now. The Board of Health is threatening to close the schools unless the contagion abates. So far I have not heard that it has invaded Waterloo, but it is liable to make its appearance here at any time. But I hope that we will be able to avoid it. In addition to my teaching and preaching I am continuing my work with the Chicago Seminary and finish a book about every two weeks. I have also made a record in reading my Greek N.T. through twice this year instead of once as usual. I have already read the O.T. through once this year and the N.T. thirteen times. How is Herbert getting along? I often think of him. We haven’t heard from Bikleˊ since shortly after they left here. How did the Florida party like Florida? and how did they find Blanche? With best wishes and much love, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 14, 1925

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 14, 1925. 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; reading the bible; and scarlet fever.