C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 13, 1925
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 13, 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; the small pox outbreak and vaccinations; the Synodical Mission Committee; and his financial situation.
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
Dec. 13, 1925
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
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Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 13 December 1925, RG-102.13, File 1.27.21, 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} Dec. 13, 1925

Dear Mother:

Your most welcome letter of recent date came duly to hand and was read with pleasure. I thought I had it on my desk so that I could give it the answer it deserves, but when I came to look for it it was non-est. The very smallest ones, Ruth and Catharine, are very quick to snatch any thing that is detachable on or about my desk and they may have abstracted your letter. So I will have to go at it hit or miss. As to your previous letter, I received it all right. I remember that I was able to pick out the three Mauneys on the picture and distinguish them, though I had forgotten the Rudisill and his wife who were also on the picture. The reason I did not mention the letter was probably because coming the first of the week I thought that I had already answered it. I was sorry to hear that Aunt Phrone was so low, but glad to know that she had her right mind and full consciousness and that she was so happily reconciled to her situation. As I have heard nothing since your last letter I presume she is still alive. May the Lord bless her and grant her a peaceful and an abundant entrance into His Kingdom of glory!

Our small pox scare is over. No other cases developed in the school. A few of the boys had rather sore arms from the vaccination and a still smaller number were out of classes for a couple days. But

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quite a number didn’t take at all and these were revaccinated last Friday. The vaccination didn’t ever form a scab on my boys, and the doctor said it would be useless to revaccinate them, as he didn’t expect it to take on them. When I wrote you last week I was so low in funds that I doubted if I would be able to buy a stamp for my letter, but I got $1.15 at the House Com. meeting yesterday for money that I had advanced on revenue stamps etc, and I have exactly that amount on hand right now from which you can see how closely I can calculate ahead. I had no preaching to do again to-day. There are plenty of vacancies, but the Synodical Mission Com. put it in the hands of a couple of our students and they are working it among themselves and their fellow theological students. They are preaching too much for their own good and for the good of their needy professors. I think we will have to take some action toward curbing them. The weather is very cold to-day and very windy. There is too much snow for good skating on the dam, so I didn’t go down to-day. But there is ice everywhere and the children were skating all over the streets. Out pastor preached on the Every member canvass this morning. If he accomplishes all that he wants to he will revolutionize things around here. But I’m afraid he is foredoomed to disappointment. I would gladly do more if I could, but I’m back at least $5 on my pledges of last year and can’t possibly undertake any more. This has been, I think, the hardest year I have had and I don’t know how I am going to get through with it. We are all well again. Herman and Carolus are over their sore throats. There was quite an epidemic of it around here

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for a time. Pastor Roberts was nearly laid up with it, but managed to pull through with his services and keep going. This week will see us through to the holidays. The Seminary and College will close on the 18th at high noon and we will be free till about the 5th of Jan’y, I think. Dr. Hoffman intends spending the holidays with his children in Phil’a. The rest of the professors, as far as I know, will all remain here. The children in the public schools are having their Christmas examinations and are all doing well. Eileen made a hundred on examination on Arithmetic. She can add up correctly columns 25 figures deep where she has to carry from 15 to 20. She never makes a mistake in carrying. Carolus and Herman are having their examination in the College School. They haven’t received their reports as yet, but I think they are doing pretty well. Arthur’s hens haven’t laid any eggs for months. He became disgusted and yesterday offered to give them to me for eating purposes. So I killed three of them yesterday and we had them for dinner to-day. After we got through there was nothing left of them but the bones. I expect to kill the remaining six for our Christmas dinner. Thus each of the children should have enough. But I must close. With love to all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 13, 1925

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 13, 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; the small pox outbreak and vaccinations; the Synodical Mission Committee; and his financial situation.