C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 24, 1928
Description
Creators
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 24, 1928. 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; Dr. Maurer's health; Arthur's confirmation; and progress on his studies towards an S.T.D.
Notes
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 24, 1928
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.30.6
Collection
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
English
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, 24 March 1928, RG-102.13, File 1.30.6, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc21
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Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada

Rev. J. Reble, President

104 Hughson St. Hamilton, Ont.

Rev. J. Maurer, D. D., Vice-President

49 Irvin St. Kitchener, Ont.

Rev. H. Schorten, German Secretary

70 Albert Street, Waterloo Ont.

Rev. C. H. Little, D. D. English Secretary

Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. E. Holm, Treasurer

Conostogo, Ont.}

177 Albert St.,

Waterloo, Ont.,

Mar. 24, 1928.

Dear Mother:

As I am going to Brantford to-morrow, I thought I might as well write you a few lines to-day and get the matter off my mind. Spring came in on us right on the calendar this year. Last Sunday was cold and snowy; but a change came on the 20th and since then the snow has been disappearing very rapidly under the warm rays of the spring Sol. To-day is almost like summer and the water from the melting snow is flowing in streams down the street. It looks like spring is with us to stay. Last Sunday I missed my train by about 5 minutes in Toronto. I called up Col. F. S. L. Ford, M.D., who invited me to spend the night with him; which I did, and had a very pleasant visit, talking over old times and our mutual experiences in Nova Scotia. I left at 6:25 the next morning and got home in time for my morning work in the Seminary. On Wednesday evening I preached again for Dr. Maurer in First English. He was out and is looking much better. I was down to see him the other day and he was still improving, and expects to preach on Palm Sunday and Easter. He asked me to preach

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for him again on Good Friday evening and to assist him in the Communion, which I have consented to do. I find it rather hard to do so much preaching in addition to my Seminary work, but am looking forward to the time when the busy season will let up. I finished my Thesis for the Chicago Seminary and sent it off this week. If it is accepted, as I think it ought to be, I should get my degree of S. T. D. at the Commencement in April. I will probably hear from Dr. Krauss and get the decision of the Faculty sometime next week. In the course, which took me about 10 years, I studied and reported on over 400 books, embracing all departments of Theology. Reports from the Dean showed my work at all times to be satisfactory. To-morrow Arthur will stand his public examination in St. John’s and will be confirmed on Palm Sunday. I have no appointment for Palm Sunday as yet, but I think it will be my Bridgeport Sunday. If it shouldn’t be and I am free I would be glad to be at home and see Arthur confirmed. They say he is the best one in this year’s class. At Easter I am to go to Sherwood and Unionville again. Dr. Potter is pushing the unification of our institution under a single head. This may be all right for the College and School, but is bad for the Seminary. Consequently we are opposing it, just as he did as long as he was connected with the institution. Now that he is leaving he has completely reversed his policy; but I don’t think he will be able to carry it through. I think Bonnie’s trouble is chiefly with her eyes. I am trying to persuade her to get her eyes examined and her glasses changed; and I think she will then be O.K. again. 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, March 24, 1928


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 24, 1928. 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; Dr. Maurer's health; Arthur's confirmation; and progress on his studies towards an S.T.D.